Rays All-Star Shane McClanahan returning from injured list

Right in the middle of a wild-card race, the Rays are set to get their ace back.

Lefty Shane McClanahan -- the AL starter in the 2022 MLB All-Star Game -- was a late scratch from his scheduled start on Aug. 30 due to a shoulder injury.

Wednesday, the Rays announced that McClanahan will be reinstated from the injured list in time to start Thursday's game against the Blue Jays. 

That game is the finale of a big, five-game series between the two AL East foes. Entering Wednesday, the Rays are 79-62, which is a half-game back of the Blue Jays for the top AL wild card.

Whoever wins that spot will host a three-game series against the second wild-card team.

There's an argument to be made that the No. 6 seed is the best of the three wild-card spots for teams hoping to make a run to the ALCS.

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