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Two years later, Chirinos found joy—

Righty returns from multiple injuries, throws Rays to Wild Card lead

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stone. PETERSBURG — Just after Rob Refsnyder blew on an 86-mph diverter that tumbled at the bottom of the strike zone before falling into receiver Francis In Francisco Mejía’s glove, Yonny Chirinos punches and leaves his feet. He jumped to the Rays dugout, tapped his glove twice with his right hand, and looked down at the lawn of Tropicana Field with a small smile on his face.

Chirinos on his lips He patted his chest lightly, and then pointed his right hand to the sky. Finally, after two years, he came back.

since 16 August 2020 In his first major league game, Chirinos went three innings in the bullpen without a run, struck out four batters and won his first win since Aug. 4, 2019 , won 1-0 against the Red Sox on Wednesday night.

Chirinos between appearances Waiting between 752 days and 1,130 victories, Tommy John surgery and recovery and recovery from a broken right elbow took years, but it was worth it in the end.

“Very excited,” odd Renos said through interpreter Manny Navarro. “I haven’t been on the mound for two years, so to be able to have that energy, go there and get that privilege again, go out there and play, everybody wants to be there.”

28-year-old right – in a meaningful game, hander also There is no room for error. The Rays (77-58) had a season-high 19 games at .500 and led the Mariners (77-60) to the top spot on the American League wild-card list in their 19th win. Last 24 games. Tampa Bay’s ninth suspension of the season ended three games against Boston, the Rays’ third sweep in the past five series, heading into a big weekend at Yankee Stadium.

“Every win counts, Especially against a good team like them,” said shortstop Tyler Walls, who drove Nick Pivetta’s fifth-inning single at Mejía. “We know they don’t come easily.”

would be easier when the Rays pitched like they did, however, Wednesday.

Left-handed Jeffrey Springs hits Three innings in a brief start, like Drew Rasmussen did in Detroit last month, aimed at managing his near-career-high workload. That started a show in which the Rays allowed 6 hits and 4 walks, struck out 9 and didn’t allow a bat in Boston’s 10 at-bats while the runners were in scoring position.

This night, the star of the staff It was Chirinos, present with his wife and 2-year-old daughter. Signed at 18 and developed by the Rays, he debuted in 2018 and showed promise with a 3.65 ERA in his first 47 major league games. Then there was Tommy John who had surgery on August 24, 2020, and he has yet to complete a recovery plan.

Last September, after a long recovery In two live batting practices after the road, Chirinos avulsed and fractured his throwing elbow while throwing the slider. He said he didn’t catch the ball in the six months since, the darkest period of a tough comeback.

“During the operation, I bleed Tears of grief,” Chirinos said via Navarro. “But now, we’ve cried with joy.”

Rays coaches, teammates and staff were amazed by Chirinos’ relentless positivity and excellent work ethic. As Chillinos returned from his 60-day roster on Tuesday, pitching coach Kyle Snyder said he “may be as good as I am for whatever we have in this organization, given what he’s been through. Pitcher gets excited.”

“Same guy , come in, work hard and put a smile on your face,” Springs added. “You couldn’t ask for a better guy, and it was really cool to see him pitching in the back.”

Mejía said Chirinos appeared nervous during Tuesday’s conversation, but Chirinos didn’t appear anxious when he returned to the mound. His stuff looked the same as before, as he pitched coolly from Cassey, streaks to end the fourth inning, one in the end of the fifth, and strikeouts in the second in the sixth.

In some ways, it’s hard to say Renos is on hold for so long. But when he bounced off the mound in the fourth inning, it was easy to see the pure joy that had been brewing for two years.

“This is for him It was real, real emotion, and he earned it,” said Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash. “Two years is a long time.”

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