Rays' Snell benched for elbow surgery

Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

The Rays' hopes for a postseason run just took a hit. Pitcher Blake Snell needs surgery to remove a loose body in his left elbow, his throwing arm. 

According to The Athletic, the Cy Young winner will have the surgery this weekend and is expected to be sidelined until September.

The Rays say they are confident he will pitch again this season.

The team is currently one game behind Oakland for the final wild card spot.