Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Done For Season After Collision

It was originally called a right knee sprain, but now the Tampa Bay Rays have revealed that reliever Garrett Cleavinger actually has an anterior cruciate ligament injury, and his 2023 season is likely done. 

The fourth-year left-hander has been a solid contributor to the Rays bullpen since being acquired last season from the Los Angeles Dodgers at the trade deadline. Cleavinger has a 3.00 ERA this year and has held batters to a .146 average. He was even better in his 13-game stint last season when he posted a 2.41 ERA in 18.1 innings, while holding the opposition to a .125 batting mark. 

The injury occurred on Sunday when he was involved in a messy rundown trying to tag out a New York Yankees runner coming home. The lefty spent several minutes down on the turf after suffering a hit to his knee. 

It's a tough break for the 29-year-old, who had found himself a home in Tampa Bay after bouncing around from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the two years before his arrival. 

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