All you need to know about what happened to Jeffrey Springs, the pitcher of the Tampa Bay Rays.
On Thursday, things took a troubling turn for the worst for the Tampa Bay Rays and their flawless season. Jeffrey Springs, who started the season by winning his first two starts while pitching 13 scoreless innings, left Thursday’s game early with what the team referred to as “left arm ulnar neuritis.”
After tossing a pitch to Justin Turner of the Boston Red Sox to start the bottom of the fourth inning of a game that was tied 1-1, Springs showed his forearm in a flexing motion. Springs attempted to throw one warm-up pitch after being checked on by the manager, Kevin Cash, and a member of the team’s training staff. However, he appeared to express some discomfort in his arm and then left the game.
Cash said that it was highly likely that Springs would require a trip to the injured list after the Rays rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win their 13th straight game. The severity of the injury is unknown until more imaging is performed, but Cash stated that it was highly likely that Springs would require a trip to the injured list.
Zach Eflin, the Rays’ starting pitcher, was placed on the injured list with what seemed to be a very mild back ailment. The team summoned up top prospect Taj Bradley to start in Wednesday’s game, and he answered by earning his first major league win, which gave the Rays their 12th consecutive victory.
When was Jeffrey Springs drafted?
Jeffrey Springs had his high school education at South Point, which was located in Belmont, North Carolina. After that, he went on to pursue a degree in management at Appalachian State University, where he also played college baseball for the Appalachian State Mountaineers for a total of four years (2012–2015).[
The Texas Rangers selected Springs in the 30th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draught. The Texas Rangers offered Springs a signing bonus of $1,000 to join their organization. Following the signing, Springs played for both the Spokane Indians and the Hickory Crawdads throughout the season. He pitched a total of 31 innings and finished with a record of 2–2 with a 2.61 earned run average.
He played at two different levels in 2016, splitting the season between the Hickory Crawdads and the High Desert Mavericks. With the Crawdads, he went 1–1 with a 1.16 ERA in 18 games, but with the Mavericks, he struggled, finishing 2–2 with a 5.36 ERA in 13 games (9 starts). On July 31, 2018, Springs was given a promotion to the major leagues for the first time. That same night, he made his debut in the major leagues, and he recorded his first major league strikeout by fanning A.J. Pollock.
After playing 32 innings in the major leagues, Springs concluded his rookie season with a record of 1–1 and an earned run average of 3.38. In 2019, Springs was included on the Rangers squad for the game’s opening day. Because of tendonitis in his left bicep, Springs was sidelined for nearly two months. He ended the 2019 campaign for Texas with a record of 4–1 and a 6.40 earned run average during 32+1/3 innings pitched.
The transaction to send Springs to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Sam Travis took place on January 15, 2020. In the year 2021, the Boston Red Sox made a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays that saw them send Springs and Chris Mazza to Tampa Bay in exchange for Ronaldo Hernández and Nick Sogard. In 2021, he set a new career high with 43 appearances for Tampa Bay, during which he pitched to a record of 5-1 with a 3.43 earned run average and 63 strikeouts in 44.2 innings of work.
Springs underwent surgery on August 16 to repair an ACL tear in his right knee and was placed on the 60-day disabled list as a result of the injury. The procedure ended Springs’ season. Springs threw 135.1 innings for the Rays in 2022, making 33 appearances (25 of them as the starting pitcher), earning a 9-5 record with a career-best 2.46 earned run average and striking out 144 batters in the process. On January 25, 2023, the Rays and Springs reached an extension of their pact that was worth $31 million over the course of four years.[
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