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