Casali catches ninth straight game for Rays


Roughly five weeks ago, former New Canaan Ram Curt Casali arrived in the Big Leagues.

But only over the last 10 days has he come to know what it would mean to really “arrive” in the Majors.

After Sunday’s start in Toronto, Casali has now played in the Rays’ last nine games, six from start to finish. Since Aug. 5, he’s managed to boost his batting average 58 points higher, largely thanks to this recent stretch of increased playing time. While the New Canaan native registered an 0-for-3 afternoon with two strikeouts yesterday in Toronto, he went 2-for-5 against the Blue Jays Friday with a run scored.

As previously shared in this space, Casali could very well remain on Tampa’s roster for the rest of the regular season, given the Rays’ MLB roster will expand to 40 players on Sept. 1. However, starting catcher Ryan Hangian, who Casali replaced in late July, is scheduled to return to the club soon. He went 1-for-3 Sunday in a rehab appearance with the Rays’ Triple-A affliate, the Durham Bulls.

Through 23 games and 67 plate appearances at the Major League level, Casali has hit .169 with zero home runs, two RBIs, eight runs, five walks and a .203 on-base percentage. Working behind the plate, he’s caught 25 percent of opposing runners.

Andrew Callahan