Smith was outrighted off the 40-man roster Friday. Forearm and elbow issues have curtailed what could have been a promising career for Smith. He was a casualty of the Rays needing to open spots on the 40-man roster.
Rays first baseman James Loney (side) was placed on the disabled list with a mild right oblique strain, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Loney was scratched from Tuesday's game due to the soreness he picked up in batting practice. He went 0 for 2 with a walk on Opening Day. The club also called up Allan Dykstra from Triple-A Durham and placed Burch Smith, who had Tommy John surgery Tuesday on the 60-day DL. Dykstra will hit No. 8 in the order against the Orioles.
Rays pitcher Burch Smith will undergo Tommy John surgery, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Burch failed to make the team's Opening Day roster and the surgery will sideline him for the rest of the season.
The Rays optioned Burch Smith down to the minors after his Grapefruit League outing on Friday against the Blue Jays, according to Tampa Tribune. Smith, who was viewed as an outside candidate for a rotation spot, was hit hard for six runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three over 3 2/3 innings of work. The competition will be down to Nathan Karns, Matt Andriese, Mike Montgomery and Everett Teaford, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
With pitcher Enny Romero getting optioned to the minors, there remains five candidates for three spots in the Rays' rotation, per MLB.com. They are Matt Andriese, Nathan Karns, Everett Teaford, Burch Smith and Mike Montgomery. Montgomery is the only left-handed pitcher in the group, but manager Kevin Cash said that doesn't mean he has an advantage over the other pitchers. "I don't think that's a priority," Cash said. "I think we're going to try and find what will be the best matchup for us. You factor in a lot of things, and if you look at our first couple of games, it's not like there's a pressing need for a left-handed pitcher in there. "We're still working on the rotation and how everything will unfold."
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