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Schultz begins rehab assignment

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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jaime Schultz.
July 12, 2017 - 04:53 pm

Maple Hill High School graduate and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jaime Schultz began his minor league rehab assignment this week with the Gulf Coast League Rays.

Schultz, who began the season with the Triple A Durham Bulls, suffered a groin injury on April 7 in his first relief appearance of the season. He has been sidelined since.

Schultz was projected to reach the majors prior to kicking off the regular season this year. A long-time starter, he transitioned into a relief pitcher and impressed during Spring Training, becoming one of the last cuts of the preseason.

In his first appearance back in April, Schultz tossed one inning, struck out two batters and allowed two hits.

On Monday, Schultz went 1 2/3 innings in the Gulf Coast League, struck out one and gave up two hits.

Schultz is the No. 15 ranked prospect in the Rays organization — No. 6 among pitchers — according to MLB.com.

BRANTLEY

Hudson native Justin Brantley has seemingly found his stride with the St. Lucie Mets in the Class A Advanced Florida State League.

Brantley started the season strong before landing on the disabled list and struggled a bit at the end of June.

On the Fourth of July, Brantley took the mound and went two solid innings in relief, striking out three and walking one without giving up a hit or a run.

On the season, Brantley is 3-2 with a 5.65 ERA in 21 appearances. He has pitched 28 2/3 innings and has 30 strikeouts on his ledger with a 1.85 WHIP, holding opponents to a .270 batting average.