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Rays' Wilmer Font: Joins Opening Day bullpen
Font was informed Monday that he has made the Opening Day roster, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Font struggled to a 9.39 ERA through 7.2 innings this spring, but his success with the Rays last season (1.67 ERA over nine appearances) -- coupled with the fact he's out of minor-league options -- was enough to earn him a spot in the team's Opening Day bullpen. The right-hander will likely serve in multiple roles; he could work as a long reliever or as an opener when needed.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Tyler Glasnow: Mixed bag in final spring turn
Glasnow allowed four earned runs on eight hits and a walk over four innings in a Grapefruit League loss to the Braves on Sunday. He struck out five.
Glasnow posted an 0-5 record through spring play and finished with a 9.59 ERA, but his outlook remains positive heading into the regular season as the projected No. 3 starter. Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports the right-hander was primarily focused on breaking in a new delivery this spring in an attempt to gain better control over his pitches, so the inconsistent showings aren't necessarily surprising. At least publicly, manager Kevin Cash continues to echo that sentiment as Opening Day approaches. "I think in fairness to Tyler, it's still a work in progress," Cash said of Glasnow's adjustments. "We're going to see him continue to make progress. [Pitching coach Kyle Snyder] is on board. We're all on board. I'm on board. Tyler is going to be a big part of our rotation."... See More ... See Less
Rays' Daniel Robertson: Knocks second spring homer
Robertson went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a stolen base in a Grapefruit League loss to the Braves on Sunday.
The versatile infielder continues to produce in the waning days of spring, with his seventh-inning round tripper bringing home the Rays' only runs of the night. Robertson will help fill in at third base during Matt Duffy's season-opening absence due to a hamstring injury, and his considerable defensive versatility will also afford him relatively frequent starts at second base, shortstop and even left field as needed throughout the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Jalen Beeks: Thrives in wake of making roster
Beeks fired three perfect innings in a Grapefruit League loss to the Braves on Sunday, recording seven strikeouts.
Beeks seemingly was out to prove why manager Kevin Cash felt he was befitting of an Opening Day roster spot despite a mostly ugly spring line. The promising left-hander cruised through a Braves lineup replete with regulars while impressively mowing down seven of the nine hitters he faced on punchouts. The performance embodies the potential the Rays see in Beeks, who'll likely serve in multiple capacities on the team's eclectic pitching staff this season.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Matthew Liberatore: Targeting 115 innings
Liberatore is expected to be held back in extended spring training to start the year but still expects to throw around 115 innings in his first full season, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports.
Teams often hold young pitchers back in extended spring training early in the season rather than sending them out to pitch in the Midwest before the weather heats up. Liberatore should join Low-A Bowling Green in May or June, which will give him plenty of time to hit his innings goal. Given his advanced arsenal and command, he could move quicker than the typical prep arm.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Hunter Wood: Sent to minors
Wood was optioned to Triple-A on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Wood posted a 2.19 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 9:5 K:BB through 12.1 innings this spring, but it wasn't enough for him to beat out Emilio Pagan and Adam Kolarek for the team's final bullpen spot. The 25-year-old right-hander compiled a 3.73 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 41 innings in the majors last season, so he should be one of the first pitchers called upon when the Rays need a fresh reliever.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Jalen Beeks: Earns roster spot
Beeks has made the Rays' Opening Day roster, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Beeks will open the year in a "bulk reliever" role. While he owns an unsightly 8.10 ERA and 2.10 WHIP through 10 innings this spring, the southpaw's 14:3 K:BB over that same stretch is a better indication of his ability. It's worth noting that Beeks spent much of spring tweaking his delivery -- which resulted in an uptick in his fastball velocity -- and working on improving his slider.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Matt Duffy: Shut down for two weeks
Duffy (hamstring) will be shut down from baseball activities for two weeks, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
It turns out Duffy is dealing with a back injury on top of the hamstring issue that has bothered him throughout spring. He'll open the season on the injured list, and this latest setback confirms his stay on the shelf will extend beyond the minimum 10 days. Look for Yandy Diaz, Daniel Robertson and Joey Wendle to cover the hot corner in his absence.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Guillermo Heredia: Secures roster spot
Heredia will break camp with the Rays, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Matt Duffy's (hamstring) injury created an opening on the roster for the outfielder, who figures to fill a bench role during his time with the big club. Heredia hit .265/.350/.588 with a trio of homers and a stolen base in 14 Grapefruit League games.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Sam McWilliams: Returned to Rays
McWilliams was returned to the Rays on Sunday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The Rule 5 pick struggled through four appearances this spring, posting a 15.43 ERA, 3.00 WHIP and 2:6 K:BB through 4.2 innings. As such, the Royals opted to send McWilliams back to the Rays rather than keep him on their 25-man roster all season. The 23-year-old will likely report to Double-A to open the season.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Hunter Wood: Stumbles in latest appearance
Wood allowed an earned run on three hits over one inning in an 8-7 Grapefruit League loss to the Tigers on Saturday.
Wood continues battling Emilio Pagan and Adam Kolarek for the final bullpen spot, but he set himself back in the competition to a degree Saturday. Wood surrendered a solo home run to Miguel Cabrera and allowed a pair of singles to Jeimer Candelario and John Hicks during the frame. Manager Kevin Cash is expected to name the winner of the three-man competition for the relief role by the early part of the week.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Emilio Pagan: Strong showing in loss
Pagan fired a scoreless fourth inning in an 8-7 Grapefruit League loss to the Tigers on Saturday, allowing a hit and recording two strikeouts.
Pagan acquitted himself well in his latest audition for the last bullpen spot, needing just eight offerings to get through his one frame and striking out Miguel Cabrera on three pitches to put an exclamation point on his successful appearance. Considering fellow roster-spot candidate Hunter Wood surrendered a solo home run to Cabrera and gave up three hits overall an inning earlier, Pagan may have taken the lead in the battle that should be decided by the early part of the week.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Tommy Pham: Continues red-hot spring
Pham went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in an 8-7 Grapefruit League loss to the Tigers on Saturday.
Pham dealt with shoulder issues earlier this spring, but he's remained hot at the plate throughout Grapefruit League play irrespective of any physical challenges. The 31-year-old's third-inning, two-run shot off Jordan Zimmermann on Saturday was his first round tripper of the exhibition slate, but he's hitting .326 overall with three doubles across 46 spring at-bats. Looking ahead to the regular season, Pham slots in as the starting left fielder following a 2018 campaign when he slashed .275/.367/.464 across 570 plate appearances with the Cardinals and Rays.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Blistering spring continues
Choi went 3-for-3 with a double, a solo home run and two RBI overall in an 8-7 Grapefruit League loss to the Tigers on Saturday.
Choi vaulted his spring average to .378 with Saturday's perfect day at the plate. The 27-year-old is already slated to log plenty of time at designated hitter, but he's also set to fill in at first base early in the season as part of the domino effect of Matt Duffy's absence due to a hamstring injury. Starting first baseman Yandy Diaz is slated to occasionally fill in for Duffy at the hot corner, which will leave Choi poised for some starts in the field.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Jose Alvarado: Spring ERA unblemished
Alvarado fired a scoreless sixth inning in which he also recorded a strikeout during a Grapefruit League win over the Pirates on Friday.
Alvarado has been sparsely utilized by manager Kevin Cash this spring, with Friday's outing only his second appearance of the exhibition slate. The 23-year-old southpaw has thrown just 13 total pitches but recorded three strikeouts, and he remains on track to see the bulk of save opportunities despite the Rays not officially designating him as a full-time closer.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Wilmer Font: Strong in latest roster spot bid
Font was credited with the victory in a Grapefruit League win over the Pirates on Friday, firing 1.2 scoreless innings in which he allowed two hits and recorded two strikeouts.
Font hasn't exactly been sharp while trying to make a case for a bullpen spot, as his spring ERA remains an unsightly 9.39 ERA even after Friday's outing. However, he helped his cause with the brief but scoreless effort, and he'll now await a decision from manager Kevin Cash in the coming days on whether he's done enough to open the season on the big-league roster.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Joey Wendle: Time at third in Duffy's absence
Wendle will be one of three players filling in at third base during Matt Duffy's (hamstring) stay on the injured list, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The 28-year-old Wendle complemented above-average work at the plate in 2018 with a diverse defensive resume, and his versatility will come into play early during the coming season. Wendle, Daniel Robertson and Yandy Diaz are expected to form a three-man rotation at the hot corner while Duffy is sidelined, an absence that will persist through at least the first seven games of the season. Although the majority of his time (101 games) was spent at second base last season, Wendle did log 20 appearances at third.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Daniel Robertson: Time at third in Duffy's absence
Robertson will be one of three players filling in at third base during Matt Duffy's (hamstring) stay on the injured list, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Duffy will miss at least the first seven games of the season, and Robertson will team with Yandy Diaz and Joey Wendle to help man the hot corner in his absence. Robertson's value is greatly based on his positional versatility, so Duffy's situation is one the 25-year-old is well suited to help alleviate. Robertson spent time at all four infield positions last season, including 19 games at third base.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Yandy Diaz: Time at third during Duffy absence
Diaz will be one of three players filling in at third base during Matt Duffy's (hamstring) stay on the injured list, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Duffy will miss at least the first seven games of the season as a result of his troublesome hamstring injury. Diaz and the versatile duo of Daniel Robertson and Joey Wendle are all slated to help man the hot corner during his absence. Given the nature of soft-tissue injuries and the fits and starts Duffy has already endured with the hamstring this spring, there's also a chance the veteran infielder is sidelined for more than just the minimum time. Whenever Diaz does shift across the infield from first base, Ji-Man Choi or Brandon Lowe will likely slot into the latter position.... See More ... See Less
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