OUTWilmer Font
P TB
2 months ago

Font (lat) confirmed that he won't return to action this season and will instead spend the winter rehabbing his injury, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander landed on the disabled list back on June 30, and his original eight-week recovery timetable came and went without sufficient improvement on his part. Font will thus turn his focus to getting healthy for spring training, when he'll look to start building on an impressive stint with the Rays that included a 1.67 ERA, .158 BAA and .239 wOBA allowed across 27.0 innings.

OUTWilmer Font
P TB
3 months ago

Manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that Font (lat) may not return from the DL this season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "In all likelihood it will be really challenging to see him at any point the rest of this year," the manager said.

EDGE Analysis

Font has been sidelined since the end of June with a lat strain, and it appears the injury that was originally given an eight-week recovery timetable could keep him sidelined through the remainder of the season. If the 28-year-old is indeed done for the season, he'll finish the year with a 5.93 ERA across 44 innings between the A's, Dodgers and Rays.

OUTWilmer Font
P TB
4 months ago

Font (lat) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

With Font expected to miss around eight weeks, the Rays elected to place him on the extended DL in order to create a spot on the 40-man roster to purchase the contract of Ryan Weber from Triple-A Durham. This move doesn't really impact Font's timeline after he suffered a right lat strain during Friday's outing. He will be eligible to return from the shelf August 29.

OUTWilmer Font
P TB
5 months ago

Manager Kevin Cash indicated Saturday that Font (lat) could be sidelined for eight weeks, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Font was placed on the 10-day disabled list earlier Saturday with a right lat strain and is now looking at an extended stay on the shelf. The 28-year-old had a rough start to the season with Oakland but has been fantastic since being acquired by Tampa Bay, posting a 1.67 ERA and 0.96 WHIP across 27 innings, including five starts.

OUTWilmer Font
P TB
5 months ago

Font (right lat strain) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

This was anticipated after Font exited Friday's game with the lat strain. He should miss at least a couple turns in the rotation. Font had a 1.57 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 19 strikeouts over his last 23 innings (six appearances). Hunter Woods was recalled from Triple-A as a corresponding move.

OUTWilmer Font
P TB
5 months ago

Font left Friday's game against the Astros with a right lat strain.

EDGE Analysis

Font was sharp for five innings before making his exit, as he allowed just one run on a hit and two walks with three strikeouts and needed just 76 pitches. The right-hander had just earned a spot in the rotation, and he certainly pitched well enough to warrant a continued spot in Tampa Bay's four-man rotation. He will be evaluated further Saturday; consider him day-to-day until then.

OUTWilmer Font
P TB
5 months ago

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Font will start Thursday's game against the Astros and has earned the right to a permanent spot in the Tampa Bay rotation, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Each of Font's last four appearances have come as an "opener" for the Rays, with the 28-year-old covering a season-high 5.2 innings and 80 pitches in his most recent outing Saturday against the Yankees. With Font now having gradually built up his arm after initially serving in a relief role with the Rays, he'll join Blake Snell and Nathan Eovaldi as the only healthy members of the rotation. Chris Archer (abdomen) may be back from the disabled list in early-to-mid July to give the Rays another starter, but Font should still stick around as the final member of a four-man rotation if his performance warrants it.

OUTWilmer Font
P TB
5 months ago

Font (1-1) allowed three hits and one walk while striking out four across 5.2 innings to earn the win Saturday against the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

This was Font's longest start of the season, he threw 80 pitches across his 5.2 innings of work, and his second strong outing against the Yankees in a week. He allowed only two runners into scoring position -- neither passed second base -- and has allowed only one home run in his past 18 innings of work. Since being traded from the Athletics to Rays, his ERA has dipped from 11.42 to 4.71.

OUTWilmer Font
P TB
5 months ago

Font allowed one run on four hits and one walk across 4.2 innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Yankees. He struck out five.

EDGE Analysis

Font fared quite well against one of the best offenses in MLB, throwing 13 of 19 first pitch strikes and inducing seven groundball outs in a sharp outing. He was, however, somewhat abruptly removed with two outs in the fifth inning after a solo home run from Aaron Hicks. This perhaps could've had to do with the fact that font hadn't gone longer than 3.1 innings in any of his previous appearances since joining the club, and that the heart of the order was due to follow. Regardless, it was an encouraging start for Font, though his usage remains inconsistent due to the Rays' unorthodox approach.

OUTWilmer Font
P TB
5 months ago

Font will start Sunday against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Whether Font's appearance will be treated as a proper start or if he'll simply be the "opener" that the Rays have used so frequently this season remains to be seen. It's unlikely that he's stretched out to make a full start, as the 15 batters he faced Wednesday against the Blue Jays represented his highest total in over a month, but he has the potential to throw three or four innings. The effectiveness of those innings remains in question, as his ERA sits at 8.48 through 28.2 innings this season.