Player News - Rays

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Evan Longoria went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Orioles.

Longoria hit his 11th homer of the season in the third inning against Orioles starter Dylan Bundy. He's got a couple homers in the past week, but it's been a relatively disappointing season for the third baseman through most of three months. After slugging 36 homers with 98 RBI last season, Longoria is hitting .253/.320/.428 in 74 games, almost an identical pace to his 2014 season in which he hit 22 homers with 91 RBI and 83 runs scored. Owners wouldn't scoff at those numbers, but most probably paid for more from the 31-year-old in March drafts.
Jun 24 - 7:34 PM

Jacob Faria allowed three runs over six innings, striking out seven, in a no-decision Saturday against the Orioles.

Faria's biggest issue was a pair of homers that accounted for all three of the O's runs against him. He gave up just five hits and a walk on the afternoon, exiting before the game was decided. The start was unquestionably his "worst" to date, as he'd rattled off three straight wins to start his major league career. Through four starts, Faria is still a perfect 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 29/5 K/BB ratio. The 23-year-old will get another shot at the Orioles -- or they'll get another shot at him -- when the two sides meet up Friday in Baltimore.
Jun 24 - 7:28 PM

Wilson Ramos is batting sixth and starting behind the plate in his Rays' debut on Saturday.

Ramos was activated from the disabled list a day early after looking strong on his minor league rehab assignment. With Derek Norris out of the picture, he'll take over as the club's primary starting catcher and immediately becomes one of the top offensive options behind the plate in all fantasy formats.
Jun 24 - 12:15 PM

Rays activated C Wilson Ramos from the 60-day disabled list.

Ramos is expected to make his Rays' debut on Saturday. The 29-year-old backstop had a career year in 2016, slashing .307/.354/.496 with 22 homers and 80 RBI in only 131 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He shouldn't be available on any waiver wires, but if he is in shallow leagues, pounce now.
Jun 24 - 8:47 AM

Wilson Ramos (knee) will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

He had been expected to rejoin the Rays on Sunday, but they'll bring him up a day early. The 29-year-old signed a two-year, $12.5 million deal over the offseason after undergoing major right knee surgery in October. When healthy, he's one of the top offensive catchers in all of baseball.
Jun 23 - 11:31 PM

Rays designated C Derek Norris for assignment.

It's a tough break for the veteran backstop who went 3-for-3 with a homer run and three runs scored in Friday's lopsided victory, but Wilson Ramos is set to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday. Norris shouldn't be out of work for long as several clubs could use an offensive upgrade behind the plate.
Jun 23 - 11:29 PM

Derek Norris went 3-for-3 with a homer and three runs scored as the Rays clobbered the Orioles 15-5 on Friday.

Norris belted a two-run shot off of Ubaldo Jimenez in the third inning, increasing the Rays' advantage to 9-2. Even with the monster offensive effort, Norris is still hitting a disappointing .201/.258/.380 with nine homers and 24 RBI on the year.
Jun 23 - 10:49 PM

Logan Morrison swatted his 22nd home run of the season as the Rays pounded Ubaldo Jimenez and the Orioles on Friday night in Tampa Bay.

Morrison blasted an RBI triple in the first inning and plated a run with a ground ball in the fifth inning before crushing his solo homer off of Miguel Castro in the seventh. He finished the night 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. Morrison is now hitting .250/.356/.582 with 22 bombs and 54 RBI in his unexpected breakout season.
Jun 23 - 10:47 PM

Shane Peterson homered and collected a career-high four RBI as the Rays crushed the Orioles on Friday.

Peterson plated a run with an RBI ground out during a four-run uprising in the first inning. He then tagged Ubaldo Jimenez for a two-run homer in the third and chipped in a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. He finished the night 1-for-3 and is now hitting .268/.326/.463 with two homers and 10 RBI in his limited action this season.
Jun 23 - 10:44 PM

Chris Archer earned his sixth victory of the season on Friday despite allowing five runs on eight hits over his six innings of work.

The Rays provided a boatload of run support in this one, so all Archer needed to do was throw strikes and keep the game moving along. He struck out four and walked two on the evening. Archer will carry a 3.97 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 126/33 K/BB ratio into Thursday's start against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Jun 23 - 10:41 PM

Matt Duffy had surgery this week to remove a calcium deposit from his ailing left Achilles.

The Rays think it's what had been causing the pain in Duffy's heel and causing multiple setbacks. If that proves to be the case, he'll be back sometime this season. However, there's still no timetable for his return.
Jun 23 - 4:24 PM

Rays purchased the contract of 1B/OF Shane Peterson from Triple-A Durham.

Peterson decided to remain in the organization after being outrighted off the 40-man roster last month, and now he's glad he did. He'll provide depth in the outfield and at first base.
Jun 23 - 3:28 PM

Rays placed OF Colby Rasmus on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 19, with left hip tendinitis.

It's the same hip Rasmus had surgery on last October, which isn't terribly encouraging. However, Rasmus said that he expects to return when first eligible on June 29.
Jun 23 - 3:26 PM

Rays signed RHP Michael Broadway; assigned him to Double-A Montgomery.

Broadway was released by Washington after spending two months in Triple-A earlier this year. The 30-year-old right-hander has made 25 career big league appearances, all with San Francisco.
Jun 22 - 6:38 PM

Michael Martinez has elected free agency.

Martinez cleared waivers after being designated for assignment on Monday. Because he's been DFA'd twice this year, Martinez could choose between a minor league assignment or becoming a free agent. The 34-year-old is only a .194 career hitter in the big leagues but should find work elsewhere as a utility man.
Jun 22 - 6:33 PM


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