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
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."
Everett Teaford will start Sunday's Grapefruit League game in place of Cobb, and Montgomery will follow and pitch multiple innings. Cash revealed that Montgomery will be stretched out this spring in case he's needed in the rotation for a few spot starts.
Rays manager Kevin Cash said the move will allow Montgomery to have a bigger impact on the team and Montgomery did not object to the move.
"As a player, I want to make myself as valuable as I can," he said.
Montgomery finished 8 1/3 innings having allowed just one walk, but was pulled in favor of reliever Brad Boxberger, who finished the no-hitter off. Montgomery was at 106 pitches in the outing, just three short of a career high, which is why he did not finish the inning.
Montgomery was a top-25 prospect in baseball as recently as 2012 according to Baseball America, but he has struggled since. Saturday's start dropped his season ERA to 2.81.
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|2010||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||2||0||1.13||4||4||0||0||0||24.0||14||5||3||0||0||4||33|
|2010||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||5||4||3.51||13||13||0||0||0||59.0||56||31||23||4||4||26||48|
|2011||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||5||11||5.34||28||27||0||0||0||150.0||157||95||89||15||7||69||129|
|2012||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||3||6||5.69||17||17||1||0||0||91.2||110||74||58||12||3||43||67|
|2012||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||2||6||6.67||10||10||0||0||0||58.0||69||44||43||12||3||21||44|
|2013||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||0||1||6.23||2||2||0||0||0||8.2||9||7||6||0||1||3||10|
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