Tampa Bay Rays reinstate star OF Austin Meadows from COVID-19 injured list

By Vincent Frank
Jul 3, 2020; St. Petersburg , Florida, United States; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Austin Meadows (17) walks on the field with his glove and helmet and bat wearing his mask as he works out at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Losers of five consecutive games after a hot start to the season, the Tampa Bay Rays are about to get a reinforcement back into the mix.

All-Star outfielder Austin Meadows contracted COVID-19 prior to Opening Day and has missed the first 10 games of the season. He’s now set to return to the Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays activate Austin Meadows after bout with COVID-19

This is no small thing in that Tampa is already one-sixth of the way through its schedule and finds itself 4.5 games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East.

Austin Meadows coming off tremendous 2019 season

Acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the blockbuster Chris Archer trade back on July 31, 2018, Meadows has been a godsend for the Rays.

The former top prospect hit .291 with 33 homers, 89 RBI and a .922 OPS in his first full season with Tampa Bay back in 2019. He’s seen as one of the better young players in the game.

Though, the Rays have a lot of ground to make up in the AL East with just 50 regular-season games remaining. They’ll need Meadows to come out of the gate hot, something that we have not seen from other players who have recovered from the virus.