Tampa Bays Rays shortstop Tim Beckham left Monday’s game in the fifth inning after being hit on the left hand by Cincinnati Reds starter Scott Feldman.
Beckham opened up to the 89-mph pitch from Feldman in the bottom of the fourth, catching him in the left hand, but was able to run for himself after being looked at by the Rays’ athletic trainers. After Trevor Plouffe grounded into a double play to end the inning, Daniel Robertson shifted from second to shortstop and Taylor Featherston entered the game at second base. Beckham singled in his only other at-bat of the game.
Entering Monday’s game, the 27-year-old shortstop was slashing .280/.321/.443 in 65 games this season, with a career-high 10 homers to go with 31 RBIs. He was second on the team in average, fourth in home runs and third with four stolen bases. The Rays entered their game against the Reds with a half-game lead over the Minnesota Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot.
Robertson is listed as the only other shortstop on the team’s depth chart, though he’s been playing every day at second base with Brad Miller on the 10-day disabled list. Matt Duffy is on the 60-day disabled list and has yet to play in a game this season.
The Rays selected Beckham with the first overall pick of the 2008 MLB draft out of Griffin High in Georgia. He hit .247 in 64 games last season, adding five homers and 16 RBIs. He’s six RBIs away from matching his career high, which he set in 2015 when he also played in a career-high 82 games.