July 21 (UPI) -- Tampa Bay Rays reliever Colin Poche will be out for the 2020 MLB season due to a torn UCL, the team announced Tuesday.
Poche pitched in an intrasquad game Monday, giving up a pair of runs on a Mike Zunino home run.
The 26-year-old left-hander was a big part of the Rays' bullpen last season. He made 51 appearances and finished his rookie season with a 4.70 ERA and 4.08 FIP.
Poche, 26, was expected to have a role as one of the Rays' setup men this year. He had 72 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings in 2019.
With Poche on the 45-day injured list, the Rays will lean on Aaron Loup and Jose Alvarado as their top left-handed relievers to start the season.
In a corresponding roster move, the Rays added catcher Kevan Smith to their roster.