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Kyle Farnsworth had “little bit of a setback” with elbow injury

Oct 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Joe Maddon revealed yesterday that Kyle Farnsworth had “a little bit of a setback” with his elbow injury and likely would have been unavailable to pitch Saturday had the Rays needed a late lead closed out.

Instead they lost 8-6 and it was a moot point, but Farnsworth’s status remains up in the air with an injury that has bothered him since early September.

Maddon told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times that the Rays are hopeful Farnsworth could be available for today’s Game 3 in Tampa Bay, but added: “As we continue to move this forward, I just have to be careful with him.”

Not exactly encouraging words regarding a closer whose dependability in the playoffs would have been questioned healthy or not, so don’t be surprised if Maddon bypasses Farnsworth in favor of Joel Peralta or Wade Davis if the Rays take a small lead into the ninth inning.

  1. gogigantos - Oct 3, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    not really clear on when NOT bybassing Farns became bad,,
    ok, relying or counting on or even counting him as a positive is still new to me
    the magic of Madden is strong
    Jedi he may be

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