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Rays Sending McCarthy To Arizona Fall League

August 31, 2018

McCarthy will play in Fall League After missing more than two months of the season with a back injury, Joe McCarthy is going to get a chance to make up for lost time. On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Rays announced they will send the Scranton native to the Arizona Fall League, where he’ll play for the Peoria Javelinas through the middle of November. The league is made up of six teams of prospects from across all levels of the minors. In his first taste of Triple-A, McCarthy was batting .265 with a .385 on-base percentage and a .479 slugging percentage for the Durham Bulls when he landed on the disabled list May 23. He wouldn’t rejoin the team until Aug. 21, but he’s picked up where he left off. He has two homers and two doubles in seven games since returning to Durham. McCarthy, 24, is in his fourth professional season. He played in 127 games at Double-A last year, but is only at 43 this year. Abington Heights graduate and San Diego Padres infielder Cory Spangenberg made two trips to the Arizona Fall League on his climb to the majors, suiting up for Peoria in 2012 and 2013. He was a career .319 in 27 games. — CONOR FOLEY

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