By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
PORT CHARLOTTE — Brad Boxberger’s second rehab outing didn’t go quite as well as the first.
Three days removed from striking out the side in his 2017 debut with the Charlotte Stone Crabs, the Tampa Bay Rays reliever couldn’t match that stat line on Thursday in a Florida State League game against the Florida Fire Frog.
“The results weren’t great, but everything felt good,” Boxberger said. “There were just a couple of bad locations and a couple of early swings.”
Boxberger surrendered three runs on five hits in one inning of work. He threw 22 pitches; 16 of them for strikes.
He managed to get a strikeout of the first batter he faced, but a home run, double and three straight singles followed the swinging punch out. One of the three runs came across on a bases-loaded wild pitch.
“It was just a matter of a couple of bad pitches and a couple pitches leaking over (the plate),” the right-hander said. “It’s all about me feeling healthy and getting my work in.
“Yeah, it’s not good that the results weren’t as good as they were tonight, but I can’t worry about that. I just have to worry about my mechanics and building up every day to get back to the team.”
In both of his outings the 29-year-old threw to soon-to-be major league teammate Wilson Ramos, who also is rehabbing from an injury. “It’s great throwing to him,” Boxberger said. “Being back there and having him receive is great. It makes it a little easier to pitch when I’m trying to work on stuff and having a guy back there who has the experience he does.”
Boxberger said he’ll make a third appearance with Charlotte on Sunday.