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Osleivis Basabe amassed nearly 1,700 plate appearances in the minor leagues before his 23rd birthday while also earning his first promotion to the majors. Basabe hit .311/.369/.432 in the Tampa Bay farm system, and injuries, as well as a .296/.351/.426 line in Durham this year, earned him that promotion. Like Jonathan Aranda, that minor league success did not translate into major league success, as Basabe looked completely overmatched at the plate against major league pitching aside a grand slam off Daniel Bard in a blowout game in late August. The switch hitter is still growing into his frame and profiles as a bottom of the order utility player until such time as his skills or opportunities improve. The Rays dealt away one of the roadblocks in his way in Vidal Brujan, so it would appear Basabe would at least inherit the role Brujan had with the club in 2023. He can safely be avoided in mixed leagues for the time being given his rather limited ceiling.

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  • Rays' Osleivis Basabe: Returns from Triple-A IL

    Basabe (wrist) was activated from the 7-day injured list at Triple-A Durham on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Basabe has been shelved for most of this season after suffering a fractured right wrist back in mid-April, but he's completed a 12-game rehab assignment with the Rays' Florida Complex League affiliate, posting a .945 OPS with two homers and a 9:1 BB:K. The 23-year-old had started games at shortstop, second base and third base with Durham before getting hurt and should go back to bouncing around the infield for the Bulls.
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  • Rays' Osleivis Basabe: Out with fractured wrist

    Triple-A Durham placed Basabe on its 7-day injured list Wednesday with a fractured right wrist, Triple-A Durham radio play-by-play broadcaster Patrick Kinas reports. Basabe suffered the injury Tuesday, when he was hit by a pitch in his lone plate appearance during Durham's 7-4 loss to Worcester. The Rays haven't indicated whether Basabe's injury will require surgery, but given that he throws and bats from the right side, he'll likely be headed for a multi-week absence even if he doesn't require a procedure. Basabe, who appeared in 31 games for Tampa Bay last season and retains a spot on the Rays' 40-man roster, was hitting .224/.270/.276 over 63 plate appearances with Durham before being shut down with the injury.
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  • Rays' Osleivis Basabe: Sent packing to Triple-A

    The Rays optioned Basabe to Triple-A Durham on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Basabe was in competition for a reserve infielder role but never got going this spring (5-for-26). He still figures to spend a good amount of time with the big club this season but for now will go to Durham where he will play with regularity.
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  • Rays' Osleivis Basabe: Back in lineup

    Basabe (head) is starting at shortstop and batting eighth in Friday's spring game against the Pirates, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 23-year-old suffered a head injury while making a headfirst slide during Tuesday's contest, and he'll return to action Friday after taking the past couple days to recover. Basabe had a .218/.277/.310 slash line over 31 games in his first taste of the majors last season and is likely to open 2024 at Triple-A Durham.
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  • Rays' Osleivis Basabe: Should return to lineup by weekend

    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that Basabe (head) should be available to play in Grapefruit League games beginning Friday or Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Basabe was removed from Tuesday's game against the Yankees after hitting his head while sliding into third base, but he seems to have avoided a concussion. The Tampa Bay medical staff cleared him to resume baseball activities Thursday, so if all goes well in his workout, he should return to the spring lineup this weekend.
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  • Rays' Osleivis Basabe: Banged up on slide

    Basabe was removed from Tuesday's spring game against the Yankees after he suffered an apparent injury while making a headfirst slide into third base, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Basabe was slow to get up before being helped off the field by training staff. The 23-year-old should be considered day-to-day until more information is available.
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  • Rays' Osleivis Basabe: Pulled with sore shoulder

    Basabe was removed from Friday's loss to the Blue Jays with left shoulder soreness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Basabe fell hard on his shoulder while diving for a ball at third base, and it's unclear what his availability might be for the Rays' final two regular-season games. The 23-year-old was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts prior to his early exit.
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  • Rays' Osleivis Basabe: Losing work to Taylor Walls

    Basabe is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Guardians, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Basabe is on the bench for a second straight game and appears to have lost hold of the everyday role at shortstop after Taylor Walls was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Friday. Though Basabe manned shortstop in Friday's 3-2 loss, Walls will pick up a second consecutive start Sunday in place of the rookie. Since he was called up from Triple-A Durham on Aug. 12 to replace Wander Franco (personal) as the Rays' primary option at shortstop, Basabe has slashed .250/.316/.365 with one home run and nine RBI across his first 57 big-league plate appearances.
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  • Rays' Osleivis Basabe: Gets Wednesday off

    Basabe is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Basabe will head to the bench for the first time since being called up from Triple-A Durham and taking over as the Rays' everyday shortstop after Wander Franco was placed on the restricted list. The 22-year-old is off to a hot start to his big-league career, going 10-for-33 (.303 average) with a home run, three doubles, eight RBI and eight runs through his first eight games. Though Isaac Paredes will pick up a start at shortstop, Basabe should have a clear path to a regular spot in the lineup while Franco remains away from the team for the foreseeable future.
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  • Rays' Osleivis Basabe: Cranks first big-league homer

    Basabe went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and an additional run scored in Tuesday's 12-4 blowout victory over Colorado. Basabe capped off an eight-run, eighth-inning rally with his first major-league home run, a grand slam to left. The 22-year-old shortstop has hit safely in six of his first eight career games, with three doubles, one homer, eight RBI and eight runs scored across 33 at-bats since getting promoted from Triple-A on Aug. 12.
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  • Rays' Osleivis Basabe: Will 'get opportunity to play'

    Basabe will be Tampa Bay's primary shortstop during their six-game road trip that ends Sunday, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports. Fellow shortstop Wander Franco was placed on the restricted list Monday, and Basabe will "get an opportunity to play" in the days ahead, per general manager Erik Neander. Basabe is one of Tampa Bay's top prospects, and before going 1-for-3 with a double and a run in his big-league debut Sunday, he hit .294 and posted a .769 OPS over 94 games with Triple-A Durham.
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  • Rangers' Osleivis Basabe: Hitting at every stop

    Basabe batted a combined .323/.352/.398 over 37 games between the AZL Rangers and short-season Spokane in 2019. Basabe, who batted .344/.414/.474 and finished third as a 17-year-old in the Dominican Summer League in 2018, continued to hit in the lower levels of the minors since signing out of Venezuela in 2017. The only downside of the move to the States was a drop in walk rate, but the 19-year-old didn't strike out much while hitting more line drives and flyballs. Defensively, the organization introduced the young shortstop to second and third base, potentially giving him more paths to the majors.
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