Gomes was outrighted to Triple-A Durham on Wednesday. The 31-year-old made 62 appearances for Tampa Bay last season, posting a 1.19 WHIP and a swinging-strike rate over 11 percent, but it was not enough to maintain his spot at last week's Rule 5 roster deadline. Gomes could still attend spring training as a non-roster invitee, but he figures to have to bide his time at Durham to start the year.
Gomes was designated for assignment on Friday, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports. The Rays needed to clear space on the 40-man roster, so Gomes may not have much of a future with the big league club in Tampa Bay. Look for the veteran reliever to continue to bounce back and forth between the minors and majors, pitching primarily in low-leverage situations.
Rays pitcher Brandon Gomes allowed one hit over a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Yankees en route to his first save of the season. Brad Boxberger had pitched on back-to-back days and three of the last four days prior to Tuesday's game, so he was likely unavailable. Boxberger has been pretty bad down the stretch, posting a 4.79 ERA over the second half, so it would not be surprising if the Rays opted for a closer-by-committee approach over the final weeks of the season, meaning Gomes could be called upon again.
Rays reliever Brandon Gomes suffered a loss in Friday's game to Baltimore, dropping to 1-2 on the season. Gomes allowed a single to start the ninth inning and left the game after retiring two batters. The runner came around to score the game-winning run.
Rays pitcher Drew Smyly piched six innings in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Yankees in 13 innings. Smyly picked up a no-decision in his start. Smyly gave up two earned runs during his time in the game. Both were allowed on solo home runs. He struck out 10 batters and walked only one. Smyly now holds an ERA of 3.38 for the season. His next start is projected for May 5 against the Red Sox. Picking up the win for the Rays was Brandon Gomes, who entered the game in the bottom of the 12th inning with the game tied at 2-2. He gave up a hit and plunked a batter but got out of the inning without allowing a run.