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Rays SP Shane McClanahan scratched from Tuesday’s start against Marlins with left shoulder impingement

McClanahan warmed up but did not take the mound.

Shane McClanahan #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field on August 24, 2022 in St Petersburg, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

8/31 Update: The Tampa Bay Rays have placed McClanahan on the 15-day IL.

Update: It is currently being called a left shoulder impingement for McClanahan, per Tricia Whitaker. If that is the case, his season is likely over.

Tampa Bay Rays starter Shane McClanahan was scratched from his start on Tuesday, August 30 against the Miami Marlins. He was warming up pregame but ended up not starting so the scratch was a game-time surprise.

In the video, you can clearly see that McClanahan is emotional. It could be a personal issue or an injury at this point, but if it is the latter in the video above, I would wager it isn’t good news for the 2022 AL All-Star starting pitcher.

McClanahan headed into Tuesday with an 11-5 record and a 2.20 ERA. His 182 strikeouts rank sixth in the league and he has the second-best WHIP at 0.86. The Tampa Bay ace had been experiencing a breakout season in just his second year in the big leagues.

The Rays have a 70-57 record and sit in second place in the AL East. They are seven games back of the New York Yankees in the division but lead the AL Wild Card race with a two-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles. If McClanahan misses time, that certainly would hurt their postseason chances.