PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays prospect Brent Honeywell left the mound during a live batting practice session with what the team diagnosed as a right forearm strain.
The 22-year-old right-hander got hurt Thursday while facing major league batters for the first time this spring.
Manager Kevin Cash would not speculate on the severity of the injury, adding Honeywell would undergo further evaluation. Cash says “It’s frustrating whether he’s going to miss a week or a month or whatever it is.”
Honeywell is regarded as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. He was MVP of last year’s All-Star Futures Game and went 12-8 with a 3.64 ERA in 24 starts for Triple-A Durham last season.
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