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Rays closer Brad Boxberger out eight weeks after core muscle surgery
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Rays closer Brad Boxberger out eight weeks after core muscle surgery
Friday March 18th, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays closer Brad Boxberger will miss eight weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle, manager Kevin Cash said Friday.

Cash said the team will not name a new closer while Boxberger is out, but mentioned Alex Colome, Xavier Cedeno, Steve Geltz, Danny Farquhar and Ryan Webb as options to finish games.

Boxberger spent his first season as a closer in 2015, his second season with the Rays. In 69 games he recorded 41 saves, the highest total in the American League. His ERA was a career-high 3.71, but he still earned his first trip to the All-Star Game.

Report: Pitcher Rafael Soriano to retire

The Rays open their season at home against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 3.

- Erin Flynn

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