Rays’ Snell frustrated by snub
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay ace Blake Snell is frustrated by not being selected Sunday for the AL All-Star team, a squad that Rays manager Kevin Cash feels the left-hander still could end up joining.
“I’m optimistic that things are going to turn out OK for Blake,” Cash, a member of the AL All-Star coaching staff, said Monday. “A lot of us throughout baseball feel that he’s deserving. Saying that, the guys that were selected are also very deserving. It’s a product of the system a little bit.”
Snell, 12-4 with an AL-best 2.09 ERA, said Monday that being added to the squad now would not be the same as being an original selection.
“I feel like being an alternate, it’s not satisfying,” Snell said. “I feel like I earned it but being an alternate, it doesn’t feel the same.”
Tampa Bay catcher Wilson Ramos, voted in by the fans as the AL starting catcher, was “really, really mad” about the snubbing of Snell.
“It’s not right,” Ramos said.
Ramos, a potential free agent after the season, feels it is likely he will be dealt before the trade deadline.
Washington, where Ramos played from 2010-16 and the site of this year’s All-Star Game, has heavily scouted Tampa Bay.
“I’ve got good memories over there,” Ramos said. “If I get traded (there), it would be fun to be back there, playing for them again.”
Snell called the support he received from teammates “cool.”
“To see all of them having my back, that’s special,” Snell said.
Posey to miss game
SAN FRANCISCO — Giants catcher Buster Posey will miss the All-Star game because of a lingering right hip issue that needs an injection to calm the inflammation.
Manager Bruce Bochy made the announcement Monday before the start of a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs. The Giants had been discussing the possibility for about a month, Bochy said, and Posey is scheduled to have the injection after Sunday’s mBay Bridge Series game against Oakland.
“His situation with the hip, we’re hoping to get to the All-Star break and he will get an injection, but he’s going to need some time after that,” Bochy said. “He won’t be able to participate in the game.”
Posey began the day batting .285 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 74 games. Bochy believes the hip has affected Posey’s power.
“It’s flared up on him. He’s missed some time because of it not too long ago,” Bochy said. “Our hope is make it through this week and we can give him three or four days to get this thing cleared up. … Hopefully with this injection get this thing to calm down and clear up. He’s been playing with it. You can tell, all of you can tell. It’s bothered him and he’s been a warrior through this. He has missed some time earlier, he missed two or three days. The break will serve him well.”