6/23/2014 11:24 P.M. ET
Teenage knuckleballer impresses at The Trop
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
ST. PETERSBURG -- Chelsea Baker was a special guest of the Rays on Monday afternoon and threw to Rays hitters prior to regular batting practice.
The 17-year-old is a knuckleball pitcher on the Durant High School baseball team in Plant City, Fla. At last week's "Sneaker Soiree," she gave the game ball from her first complete game to Joe Maddon. In turn, Maddon invited the teenager to throw at Tropicana Field.
Her knuckler did produce some swings and misses by Evan Longoria, Jose Molina and David Price. Baker noted that she was a little surprised to see Price hitting.
"I thought he was a pitcher only," Baker said. "I didn't know he had it in him."
When asked about facing Longoria, Baker allowed that she was "definitely intimidated," before adding, "But it was a lot of fun, I had a great time. ... I've done a bunch of things, but this is beyond anything I've ever imagined. It was a great opportunity."
Baker impressed Maddon.
"She was outstanding," Maddon said. "... She has a really good arm stroke. She has a really good knuckleball. It actually moves nicely. She knows what she's doing. She has very good composure. She's a bright young lady. ... Pretty impressive."
Baker was featured on ESPN E:60 in 2010 when she was playing in Plant City Little League.
Sands to DL with wrist injury; Figueroa recalled
ST. PETERSBURG -- Jerry Sands was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained tendon in his left wrist on Monday. Sands exited Sunday's game in the sixth inning after injuring it on a strikeout.
Infielder Cole Figueroa was recalled from Triple-A Durham to take Sands' place after the Rays' 8-1 loss to the Pirates on Monday night.
Sands had an MRI Monday morning and wore a brace that extended from his wrist to his elbow when he talked to reporters prior to Monday night's game.
"They don't want me to rotate my hand," said Sands, noting that he first felt the injury when he swung for a strike. "At that point in time, I knew something was wrong."
According to Sands, the sheath that holds the ligament on the outside of his wrist is separated from the bone. He added that he was told the injury is similar to the one suffered by Sam Fuld when he was with the Rays and also experienced by Mark Teixeira and Jose Bautista.
In all three examples, surgery was required to repair the problem. However, Sands said there is no rush to have surgery.
"As for right now, we'll see what happens in a couple of weeks is all I really know," Sands said. "... Obviously, at this point of the season, we're going to try and rest it to see if it will heal on its own. After a few weeks, we'll see where it goes. ... It's obviously disappointing."
"He's out," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He's out for I don't know exactly how long. I guess the immediate situation would be to see if it would heal naturally. Then after that, it may be a surgical situation. But for right now, cast it up and see how it plays out."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.