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Brandon Guyer (ankle) returned to Grapefruit League action on Thursday.

Guyer missed a few days with a sprained ankle. The outfielder is set to see ample playing time versus southpaws this season.
Mar 27 - 12:10 PM

Evan Longoria hit his second homer Thursday as part of the Rays' 6-5 win over the Yankees.

Longoria is batting .286 this spring, though it comes with a 12/1 K/BB ratio in 35 at-bats. Most likely, he'll experience at least a modest resurgence in 2015. Still, we wouldn't pay the price to get him in fantasy leagues. Part of the reason is that the Rays figure to be so poor offensively around him.
Mar 26 - 5:11 PM

Ernesto Frieri struck out all four Yankees he faced during his appearance Thursday.

Frieri has 10 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings this spring, but true to last year's form, he's also given up a couple of bombs. The Rays will carry him, and most likely, he'll prove to be an asset in relief. However, he shouldn't be a saves candidate while Jake McGee is out.
Mar 26 - 5:09 PM

Rays reassigned RHPs Ronald Belisario, Andrew Bellatti, and Bryce Stowell, and INF Eugenio Velez to minor league camp.

Belisario appeared to have a decent chance to crack the Rays' bullpen when he signed a minor league deal with the club back in late January, but a fractured left (non-throwing) shoulder set him back. He just resumed playing catch last week.
Mar 26 - 4:48 PM

Chris Archer has been named the Rays' Opening Day starter.

Alex Cobb would have been given the nod, but he's been slowed by some forearm tightness and probably won't be ready until mid-to-late April. Archer, 26, posted a 3.33 ERA, 1.279 WHIP, and 173 strikeouts in 194 2/3 innings last season for the Rays. Tampa Bay opens the 2015 campaign at home against the Orioles on April 6.
Mar 26 - 12:25 PM

Matt Andriese shut out the Twins for five innings, striking out six, in the Rays' 2-1 win Wednesday.

Andriese appears set to open up as the Rays' fourth starter, though the hope will be that both Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly make it back soon and potentially knock him out of the rotation. We wouldn't trust him as an AL-only starter right away.
Mar 25 - 5:32 PM

Steven Souza went hitless in a third straight game Wednesday, dropping his average to .121.

Souza, bothered by a sore right forearm in recent days, is just 4-for-33 this spring. He's fanned 11 times and walked just once. Since March 7, he has two hits, both of them homers. If this keeps up, the Rays will have to weigh sending Souza down to begin the year. Such a move would open up playing time for David DeJesus, a player the team would still like to trade.
Mar 25 - 5:29 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash confirmed Wednesday that Logan Forstyhe will get the majority of the playing time at second base to begin the season.

Forsythe is the obvious choice now that Nick Franklin (oblique) is expected to miss the start of the season. The 28-year-old batted just .223/.287/.329 with six homers and 26 RBI in 110 games last season, but he could have some sneaky AL-only value in the early going.
Mar 25 - 11:51 AM

Alex Cobb (forearm) said Wednesday that he could resume throwing in the next couple of days.

Cobb said Monday that he's pain-free and a visit with Rays team doctor Koco Eaton went well on Wednesday, so things are looking up for him as he makes his way back from right forearm tendinitis. Still, he's set to begin the season on the disabled list and there's no clear timetable for his season debut yet.
Mar 25 - 8:32 AM

Rays manager Kevin Cash confirmed Tuesday that Nick Franklin (oblique) will not be ready for Opening Day.

Franklin suffered the injury during Monday's Grapefruit League game. Logan Forsythe is now likely to begin the season as the starting second baseman while Alexi Casilla, Tim Beckham, and Jake Elmore could also be in the mix for at-bats.
Mar 24 - 3:23 PM

Jake McGee (elbow) threw another bullpen session Tuesday.

It was his third session of the spring as he makes his way back from December arthroscopic surgery elbow surgery. He's expected to throw five more before facing hitters. As of now, McGee appears likely to miss the first month of the season.
Mar 24 - 12:55 PM

Rene Rivera (calf) will return to Grapefruit League action on Wednesday.

Rivera took swings on Monday and was given clearance to return to games following Tuesday's off day. The 31-year-old backstop has been slowed by a tight left calf for a few days.
Source: Rays.mlb.com
Mar 23 - 6:42 PM

Ronald Belisario (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

It will be the first time he's thrown off a mound since he fractured his left (non-throwing) shoulder. Rays manager Kevin Cash has said Belisario has looked good throwing on flat ground and the reliever noted that he won't need too sessions on the mound before he's game-ready. It sounds like there's an outside shot he could be ready for Opening Day.
Source: Rays.mlb.com
Mar 23 - 6:38 PM

Grant Balfour gave up a solo homer in his inning of work against the Pirates in his spring debut Monday.

Light-hitting Gorkys Hernandez did the damage. Balfour was making his debut after returning home from Australia, where his father passed away earlier this month.
Mar 23 - 5:16 PM

David DeJesus tripled, walked and scored twice Monday versus the Pirates.

DeJesus is 6-for-27 this spring. It's still unclear what the Rays plan for him if they keep him. They'd certainly prefer to shed his $5 million salary, though he has enough left in his bat to justify his salary. With Hunter Pence out, San Francisco is one destination that would make sense.
Mar 23 - 5:13 PM


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