Boxberger, Whitley ready for rehab appearances, Pearce close
By Sam Blum
ST. PETERSBURG -- Closer Brad Boxberger and starting pitcher Chase Whitley will make rehab appearances for Class A Advanced Charlotte on Monday. Infielder Steve Pearce will also likely be continuing his rehab on Monday.
Boxberger, who led the American League with 41 saves and was an All-Star in 2015, has made only one appearance in '16.
He missed the first 49 games of the season, following adductor surgery. Then, when he pitched his first game on June 1, he strained his oblique. There is no specific timetable for his return.
Whitley, who was claimed off waivers by the Rays in November, hasn't pitched since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2015. He is 5-5 in his career, which spans parts of two seasons with the Yankees. The 27-year old hopes to be back about a month after his rehab begins.
Pearce, who is recovering from a right-hamstring strain, is hitting .322 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs this season.
Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.