Bemboom with left knee sprain

Tampa Bay Rays rookie catcher Anthony Bemboom will go on the injured list after spraining his left knee in Wednesday night’s 1-0 win over the Miami Marlins, manager Kevin Cash said.

Bemboom, who was called up from the minors last week, was injured when he blocked a pitch in the fifth inning.

He was removed from the game and replaced by Travis d’Arnaud.

“I just went down in an awkward position and felt a little instability in my knee,” Bemboom said. “It’s crazy. I’ve made that move a thousand times before.”

“It’s a little tough,” Bemboom said after the game. “Obviously, everything you can do to help the team win is great, and I’m excited about that. But also, anytime you’re not on the field, it’s kind of tough not being able to help your team win and be available.”

Bemboom doubled for his first major league hit and RBI in the second inning, accounting for the only run of the game. He singled to left field in his second at-bat in the top of the fifth inning.

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The Rays already are without regular starting catcher Mike Zunino, who went on the injured list last week with a quad injury that is expected to keep him out four to five weeks.

Bemboom said he felt “relief” to get his first big league hit, but it was difficult to fully enjoy it because of the way his night ended.

“To see Bemboom come through with his first knock and end up being the game-winner, that was pretty awesome,” Rays reliever Emilio Pagán said. “Bemboom is a great guy and I’m happy for him. Hopefully he’s OK.”

After playing eight years in the Minor Leagues, Bemboom admitted that he occasionally wondered if he would ever get an opportunity to help a team at the big league level. Bemboom had stints with the Angels’ and the Rockies’ organizations but never got an opportunity to play in the Major Leagues.

After spending the 2018 season with the Rockies’ Triple-A Albuquerque team, Bemboom decided to sign with the Rays on a Minor League deal in hopes of finding a path to the big league level.

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