Snell to return Wednesday from fractured toe

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Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell is scheduled to start against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in his return from a fractured right fourth toe.

The announcement Tuesday was made two days after Rays manager Kevin Cash said the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner was ready to be reinstated from the 10-day injured list.

Snell threw 18 pitches off a mound Saturday and an eight-pitch bullpen session Monday.

“It felt good and I’m ready to go,” Snell said.8

Snell hurt the toe attempting to move a decorative display in a bathroom on April 14.

“I know the first couple days, it was like no shot,” Snell said. “I feel good, I feel I can pitch and feel like I can run. It should be good.”

Snell still has some discomfort in the toe when he walks, but says he does not when throwing on a mound.

“With the bullpen that I threw, felt very comfortable,” Snell said. “Wednesday is a day that all of us believe in, and think I’ll be 100 percent.”

Cash said he is confident that Snell is not facing any additional risks taking the mound and that he does not need a full-length bullpen session.

“If Blake waits, then we’re talking about shaving more pitches off his outing, so it was either pitch or go rehab,” Cash said.

Snell ran in the outfield before Monday’s short bullpen session but didn’t join other pitchers in defensive drills.