I'm 6' 5" and I can relate to the lower back issue and I was also a pitcher......He will be fine, it is NOT tightness, just some minor soreness and it was his decision to take himself out to be on the safe side.
He knew he had a CG in his sights, but being a "team" guy, David made his own decision to leave the game. He won't miss his next start, he'll be fine. So don't anyone go heading for the bridge jumping spot on the Skyway Bridge!! LOL
Foly just look around both leagues, it isn't just the Rays.....I gave you a couple of weeks back a list and every single ML team had at the very least 3 and as many as 12 on the DL and a total of 192 players through June 1 were on the DL in MLB.....Nothing has changed in the way teams train and workout, so there has to be other reasons.....Does it mean every player is taking something? Of course not and the greater majority aren't......Pitchers you can understand somewhat because of their different types of motions and the strain put on shoulders, elbows, forearms, etc. Throwing a baseball is a very unorthodox method.
But the Rays have just been snake bit this year, but again they are not alone and I don't put any of the injury troubles on Joe or our trainers at all......As good as they are, the fact is both Longoria and Jennings may both be more fragile than first thought.......Both have had some kind of injury every single year both in the minors and ML. Maybe like other players past and present their bodies can't hold up to the rigors of pro baseball, which is much more difficult and a harder training regimen than high school or college.
Been there, done that for a 40 game season in semi-pro ...died on the vine about game 30. Everything broke. :(
If you are not in good shape going into the season, the chances of you lasting and playing at a high level for the whole 162 game season are zero.
Lots of pitching problems are caused because NONE of the coacheshas ever taken a class in the biology and physics of baseball much less know how to spell it.
For example: Having pitchers throw in back to back games will killyou bullpen over the season ... Having starters pitch every 5 dayswithout taking off one start every month will mean you lose anextra 10 to 20 games per season ... Look what happened to Santanaafter he threw the no-hitter on 134 pitchers. He got raked in his nextstart and the Mets lost the game. Now they might have lost the gameanyway with another starter but instead of Johann being mediocrefor two starts after his no-no, if they gave him the week off, he wouldhave been much better than he was. A rested Johann is better thanmost, but one with a tired arm is not.