• by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Rays place Loney on DL with oblique strain, call up Dykstra

    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.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Report: Rays pitcher Burch Smith needs Tommy John surgery

    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.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Rays send rotation hopeful Burch Smith down to the minors

    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.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Rays down to five candidates for three open rotation spots

    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."

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Rays shut down Alex Cobb (forearm) for approximately seven days

    Rays general manager Matthew Silverman confirmed that Alex Cobb will be shut down for approximately a week because of tendinitis in his right forearm, and is no longer the starter for Tampa Bay on Opening Day, per the Tampa Bay Times. Cobb left Tuesday's Grapefruit League game with the injury after tossing three perfect innings. He will be evaluated again after at least seven days of rest, and is not expected back in games until April at the earliest per the Tampa Tribune. Silverman would not reveal his Opening Day plans, citing that he's more focused on putting a staff together, internally and externally. Manager Kevin Cash told reporters that there's a lot of moving pieces in the rotation, but he likes what he's seen out of Nathan Karns, Burch Smith and Matt Andriese this spring, per the Tribune.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Rays formulate contingency plan in case Smyly not ready by opener

    While the Rays are not overly concerned about Drew Smyly's left shoulder tendinitis, the team is formulating a contingency plan in the event he is not ready by the start of the season, per The Tampa Tribune. Nathan Karns, Matt Andriese, Burch Smith and Alex Colome -- who are all competing for the final spot in the team's rotation -- could be stopgap options in case Smyly begins the year on the disabled list. Manager Kevin Cash added Everett Teaford and Enny Romero, who appear to be two pitchers headed for Triple-A, could also be options, if they pitch well this spring.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Padres, Nats, Rays announce Wil Myers trade

    The Padres officially announced an 11-player, three-team trade that sent Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego on Friday, per the team's official website. San Diego acquired Myers, catcher Ryan Hanigan, left-handed pitcher Jose Castillo and right-handed pitcher Gerardo Reyes from the Rays. Tampa Bay received catcher Rene Rivera, right-handed pitcher Burch Smith and infielder Jake Bauers from San Diego and outfielder Steven Souza and left-handed pitcher Travis Ott from Washington. Meanwhile, the Nationals received right-handed pitcher Joe Ross and a player to be named later, likely infielder Trea Turner, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Padres, Rays and Nationals complete Wil Myers trade

    The Padres, Rays and Nationals have completed a trade that will send Wil Myers to San Diego, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The deal had been in the works for a few days, but was finally agreed to late Thursday night. Myers, 24, will head to the Padres in the deal. He hit .222/.294/.320 over 325 at-bats with the Rays last season. Myers also missed time due to a wrist injury. The Padres will also receive catcher Ryan Hanigan and pitchers Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo in the deal. Tampa Bay will receive outfielder Steven Souza and pitcher Travis Ott from the Nationals. Souza, 25, hit .345/.427/.577 in 357 at-bats spread over three levels last year. The Rays will also receive catcher Rene Rivera, first baseman Jake Bauers and pitcher Burch Smith from San Diego. Washington is set to acquire pitcher Joe Ross from San Diego. The team will also receive infielder Trea Turner in the deal. Turner was a 2014 draft pick, and cannot be traded until midseason, so he's currently considered a player to be named later.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Padres, Rays and Nationals on the verge of three-team deal

    The Nationals, Padres and Rays are on the verge of a three-team deal, which would send outfielder Wil Myers to San Diego, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Heyman has confirmed the multiple media reports outlining the full details of the trade. The Padres are set to receive Myers, catcher Ryan Hanigan, pitcher Gerardo Reyes and pitcher Jose Castillo from the Rays. The Rays are getting two players from the Nationals -- outfielder Steven Souza and pitcher Travis Ott -- and three players from the Padres -- catcher Rene Rivera, first baseman Jake Bauers and pitcher Burch Smith. The Nationals are getting pitcher Joe Ross from the Padres, as well as a player to be named later, which will be shortstop prospect Trea Turner. Because Turner was a 2014 draft pick, he can't be traded until June.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Padres, Rays discussing potential Wil Myers trade

    The Padres and the Rays are discussing a trade that would involve 24-year-old outfielder Wil Myers, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. The deal would also send starting pitcher Burch Smith to Tampa Bay. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the discussions between both sides. The 2013 Rookie of the Year winner has not played more than 90 games in each of his first two seasons in the majors. Last season, he hit .222/.294/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBI over 361 at-bats. He has a career batting average of .258 through his first 175 games.