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Rays signed RHP Jim Miller to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Miller had a good year with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate in 2014 and now joins the fight over the final few spots in the Rays' bullpen. The 32-year-old right-hander posted a 3.30 ERA and 60/20 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 minor league innings last season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Mar 4 - 8:06 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish said reliever Jim Miller is expected to sign somewhere soon.

Cotillo said Miller will almost certainly get a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Miller had a 3.30 ERA and 60/20 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings in the Yankees' minor league system last season, but he hasn't been able to find a team this winter. As pitchers start to get injured, though, the 32-year-old should find a home sooner than later.
Mar 4 - 8:02 PM

Alex Cobb will start Opening Day against the Orioles on April 6.

It will be the first Opening Day start of his career. It was a logical choice, as Cobb is now the staff ace with David Price out of the picture. The 27-year-old posted a 2.87 ERA and 149/47 K/BB ratio across 166 1/3 innings last season.
Mar 4 - 8:28 AM

Nick Franklin believes he will become the Rays' starting shortstop, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes.

The Rays can go one of several ways with their middle infield. One would involve using Asdrubal Cabrera at second base and Franklin at short, and another could reverse the positions. The Rays could also give some of Franklin's playing time to Tim Beckham (at shortstop) and/or Logan Forsythe (at second base). Franklin joined the club at the trade deadline last season in the three-way David Price trade. He has a career .647 OPS with 13 home runs and 51 RBI in 412 plate appearances. Those in deep mixed leagues and AL-only leagues will want to monitor how this situation plays out over the course of the spring.
Mar 3 - 8:38 AM

Rays pitching prospect Mike Montgomery will be used as a reliever during spring training.

The former top prospect just hasn't developed as hoped as a starter and the Rays have decided to finally try him out in the bullpen. Montgomery's stuff figures to play up in relief, giving him a shot to be an impact arm in Tampa's bullpen. With Jake McGee (elbow) slated to miss the first month of the season, Montgomery could be a dark horse to crack the Opening Day roster.
Mar 1 - 1:18 PM

The Rays are hopeful that Alex Colome, who is currently dealing with visa issues, will report to camp next week.

The 26-year-old right-hander was believed to be the favorite to secure the fifth and final spot in the Rays Opening Day rotation, though it's unclear if this delay will change their plans. He has been working out and throwing in the Dominican Republic while he awaits approval.
Feb 28 - 10:36 AM

Ronald Belisario will be shut down for the next two weeks due to a fractured left shoulder.

Belisario sustained the injury while getting out of a pool before he arrived to Rays' camp. While it's encouraging that the injury is to his non-throwing shoulder, he isn't expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Feb 28 - 9:11 AM

Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports that Ronald Belisario was seen in the Rays clubhouse with his left arm in a sling.

It's the veteran hurler's non-throwing arm, but could still be potentially concerning. No word yet on what any potential injury may be, but any missed time this spring could hurt the non-roster invitee's chances of cracking the bullpen on Opening Day.
Feb 28 - 8:43 AM
Josh Sale - OF - Rays

Rays released OF Josh Sale.

Sale has made way more waves off the field than on it after being selected in the first round of the 2010 Draft, getting suspended multiple times for drugs and also for an incident at a strip club. He hit just .238/.313/.344 at High-A in 2014 and the Rays have finally decided to give up on him. Sale is still just 23, but he's looking like a long shot to ever get his career on track.
Feb 27 - 11:45 AM

Alex Colome has yet to report to Rays camp due to visa issues.

It's not clear whether the club has a timetable of when to expect him. Colome, who held a 2.66 ERA over 23 2/3 innings with the Rays last season, will compete for a spot in the rotation this spring once he arrives.
Feb 27 - 8:57 AM

Drew Smyly will throw bullpen sessions every third day as opposed to every other day like the other pitchers in Rays camp.

Smyly is fine physically, but he just prefers a different schedule where he throws more in each session. Because he's not throwing as often, he won't make his Grapefruit League debut until around March 10-11, but he will still have plenty of time to get stretched out before the season begins. Smyly had a 3.24 ERA and 133/42 K/BB ratio across 153 innings last season between the Tigers and Rays and appears poised to take another step forward in 2015.
Feb 25 - 2:59 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash indicated Wednesday that he could hit Desmond Jennings fifth or sixth this season.

Cash said this in the context of wanting to get Jennings "out of the leadoff mentality." The 28-year-old owns a .695 OPS against right-handed pitching in his career compared to an .811 OPS against southpaws, so it has been clear for a while now that he might not be the best option for the leadoff spot. Being pushed down in the lineup hurts his fantasy potential, but he could be in a position to drive in more runs.
Feb 25 - 11:51 AM

Jake McGee (elbow) is now throwing from a distance of 105 feet.

McGee is currently working his way back from arthroscopic surgery in December to remove a loose body from his elbow. He's slowly progressing with his throwing program and the Rays expect him to begin the season on the disabled list, but he could be ready by late April or early May if all goes well.
Feb 25 - 9:13 AM

Matt Moore (elbow) threw a 29-pitch bullpen session Tuesday.

Moore, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery threw all fastballs during the session. He threw his changeup on flat ground on Monday, so it's likely just a matter of time before he incorporates the pitch into his bullpen sessions. The young left-hander is currently on track for a return around June.
Feb 25 - 8:54 AM

Grant Balfour has left Rays' camp to go back to Australia to visit his ailing father.

Balfour's father has been battling cancer. The Rays will give him all the time he needs.
Feb 25 - 8:49 AM

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