The Tampa Bay Rays announced Tuesday that reliever Colin Poche will be out for the 2020 MLB season due to a torn UCL. The Rays said that Tommy John surgery had been recommended, which may put Poche’s 2021 season in jeopardy as well. The 26-year-old left-hander pitched in an intrasquad game Monday, giving up a pair of runs on a Mike Zunino home run.
Poche was a big part of the Rays’ bullpen last season. He made 51 appearances and finished his rookie season with a 4.70 ERA and 4.08 FIP. He had 72 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings in 2019.
The Rays open the 2020 season Friday at home against the Toronto Blue Jays. Tampa Bay then will host the Atlanta Braves on Monday and Tuesday.
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