Rays’ Font leaves in the sixth

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Tampa Bay Rays lost pitcher Wilmer Font on Friday night against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Font left the game in the sixth inning with a right lat strain.

The team announced that he will be re-evaluated on Saturday.

Wilmer Font pitching against the Houston Astros (Getty Images)

Wilmer Font pitching against the Houston Astros (Getty Images)

The 28-year-old is expected to miss significant time, according to Rays manager Kevin Cash. He’s expected to go on the disabled list. He may also undergo an MRI, as well.

Before leaving the game, Font pitched five scoreless innings. He began the sixth inning by walking Jake Marisnick before falling behind 3-1 to Astros slugger Alex Bergman.

Following the 3-1 count to Bergman, Cash, along with a trainer, went to the mound to check on Font. They decided after speaking with him that he would not be able to continue.

Cash then called right-handed pitcher Diego Castillo to replace Font. Castillo then surrendered a two-run home run to Bergman. One of the runs was credited to Font with the other being credited to Castillo.

Font received the win on Friday despite leaving the game after just five innings. He allowed one run, while striking out three batters and walking two batters.

Through 18 games this season, he is 1-3 with a 6.46 ERA through 39 innings. While his ERA is high, he has just a 1.67 ERA in 27 games since being acquired by the Rays a month ago.

Font has also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics this season.

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