Tampa Bay Rays call ace pitcher Shane McClanahan's injury the 'best case scenario'

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The Tampa Bay Rays received some good news on All-Star Shane McClanahan’s injured shoulder.

An MRI on Wednesday confirmed the initial diagnosis of a left shoulder impingement for McClanahan, which was a "best case scenario" according to Rays manager Kevin Cash.

Cash said he’ll get a cortisone shot and could be back on the mound in as soon as 15 days.

The Rays got a scare Tuesday when McClanahan cut short his pregame warmup in the bullpen because “something just didn’t feel right” and he ended up being a late scratch for his scheduled start against the Miami Marlins.

''I think we made the right decision to shut it down and just catch it early,'' McClanahan said. ''When I was told ‘best case scenario,' I was very, very pleased. This could have gone a lot of different ways. For it to be what it is, it's a sigh of relief.''

The Rays could ill afford to lose their top starting pitcher for an extended period of time as they battle for a playoff spot with just over a month to go in the season.

Tampa Bay, which ended up placing McClanahan on the 15-day injured list, entered play Wednesday a half-game ahead of the Seattle Mariners and one game up on the Toronto Blue Jays for the AL’s top wild-card spot.

McClanahan, who was the AL’s starting pitcher in July’s All-Star Game, has been instrumental to the Rays’ success, having gone 11-5 with a 2.20 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP with 182 strikeouts over 147 innings in 25 games.