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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Rays Injury Update: Jeff Beliveau out of remainder of MLB/Japan series with lat strain

By on 11/16/2014 08:00:00 AM

Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jeff Beliveau left Saturday's MLB/Japan All-Star Series Game 3 in the eighth inning after striking out three of the four hitters he faced. Examination showed that he has a mild lat strain, and he will miss the remainder of the series. However, it should not hinder his offseason workouts or progress toward next season.

Beliveau struck out Ryosuke Kikuchi to open the eighth inning. Pitching coach Mike Maddux noticed his left-hander stretching in a manner that indicated a problem, according to's Anthony DiComo. Beliveau's exit was more precautionary as is the decision not to have him pitch any more in the series.

DiComo quoted Beliveau discussing the injury and saying that it is nothing serious. Said Beliveau,
"It's nothing to be worried about. It's a lat. It's a big muscle group. It's a common thing. It's not a shoulder or an elbow. But I'm just here hanging out, I guess, the rest of the games. It's pretty normal soreness. They just wanted to make sure."
Beliveau also stated that he felt much better Sunday morning.

Beliveau, age 27, had no record in 30 relief appearances for the Rays in 2014. He did, though, have a terrific line which reads 2.63 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 28 strikeouts, and only seven walks in 24 innings pitched.

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