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DETROIT (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays already have 15 players on the injured list. Now pitching coach Kyle Snyder could also be on the shelf.
Snyder was injured while walking to the mound to visit ace Shane McClanahan in the seventh inning of a 9-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
Snyder, 44, had to return to the dugout, and manager Kevin Cash came out to speak with McClanahan instead.
“He pulled a calf muscle – pulled it, strained it, popped it – we haven’t received the final injury report yet,” Cash said. “I had to step up.”
McClanahan, who started the American League All-Star Game, allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings, raising his ERA to 2.24. He maintains a rotation without Tyler Glasnow, Shane Baz, Yonny Chirinos, Josh Fleming and Brendan McKay due to injury.
Snyder, a 6-foot-8 former major league pitcher, has served as the Rays’ pitching coach since 2018.
Tampa Bay fell to 57-50 and are one game ahead of Baltimore for the AL’s final wild card.
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