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Rays’ Steven Souza Jr. headed back to disabled list with broken hand

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The Tampa Bay Rays can’t catch a break. Except for the wrong kind, that is.

Outfielder Steven Souza Jr., who leads the team in home runs with 15 despite not hitting one in a month, will go on the disabled list with a broken hand. He was hit by a pitch by Boston pitcher Joe Kelly in the fifth inning.

The Rays had just gotten Souza back into the lineup after he received a lacerated finger after being hit by another pitch.

The Rays recalled outfielder Mike Mahtook from Durham to take Souza’s spot on the roster. Souza was hitting .214 with 34 RBI.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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