Player News - Rays

Date: Team: Pos:

Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) threw a successful 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

Eovaldi has made a rather swift recovery from late-March arthroscopic elbow surgery. "Pretty remarkable, but knowing him not surprising," Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday evening. "That's great. We've got to do a good job of managing him simply because he's so eager to get back, and he puts a lot of pressure on himself and his rehab." Eovaldi could feasibly join the Tampa Bay rotation around late May or early June, though perhaps the brakes should be pumped a bit for a guy who has required several elbow procedures in his career -- including two Tommy John surgeries.
Apr 25 - 9:11 AM

Matt Duffy (hamstring) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday.

Duffy had what manager Kevin Cash called "a really good workday" on Tuesday and he is scheduled to play in a simulated game Wednesday at the Rays' spring training complex in Port Charlotte. Assuming that goes smoothly, he will then appear in one or two minor league rehab games, either at High-A Charlotte or Triple-A Durham. The 27-year-old third baseman should be ready to come off the 10-day disabled list sometime this weekend.
Apr 25 - 9:07 AM

Rays SS prospect Willy Adames hit for the cycle on Monday for Triple-A Durham.

Adames, 22, also drove in three runs and scored twice. Acquired from Detroit in the three-team trade for David Price back in 2014, Adames has become one of the best shortstop prospects in all of baseball. He's a patient hitter who can also spray line drives to all parts of the field, and there's "sneaky" pop in his right-handed bat. Add in quality defense at a premium position, and you have a player with a high-floor and a high-ceiling. He should be playing everyday for Tampa Bay before the end of the summer.
Apr 24 - 1:07 PM

Daniel Robertson went 4-for-4 on Sunday in a win over the Twins.

One of the hits was a double, and Robertson also scored a run. Once considered among the best infield prospects in baseball, Robertson has seen his stock slide over the past few seasons, but he's off to a roaring start to 2018 with a .318/.474/.523 line over the first month. The Rays need to have Robertson playing everyday to see what they have in the 24-year-old. So far, so good.
Apr 22 - 5:06 PM

Alex Colome got the win over the Twins on Sunday by pitching a clean ninth inning.

Colome was excellent on Sunday, striking out the side and earning the victory after Carlo Gomez hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning. It's been a very disappointing beginning to his 2018 season, and his ERA still sits at 7.00 even after the clean inning. Here's hoping his strong performance leads to him pitching like the 2017 version going forward.
Apr 22 - 5:04 PM

Yonny Chirinos struck out six over 4 2/3 innings of work while allowing two runs in his start on Sunday against the Twins.

Chirinos did allow four hits and two walks, but he was able to limit the damage to just the two runs against the Minnesota lineup. The 24-year-old rookie has pitched relatively well in his first month of big-league action, and he offers some fantasy appeal in AL-only leagues. You'll likely want a different starter in your lineup on Saturday when he's pitching in Boston against the Red Sox.
Apr 22 - 5:02 PM

Carlos Gomez hit a walk-off two-run homer in Tampa Bay's 8-6 victory over the Twins on Sunday.

The homer came off of Addison Reed, and it is third homer of the season for Gomez. The veteran outfielder has gotten off to a horrific start to his time with the Rays, and even with the homer his OPS sits at just .536. It's early, however, and Gomez is too talented to have these paltry numbers all season.
Apr 22 - 4:56 PM

Wilson Ramos is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a breather. Jesus Sucre will catch for Yonny Chirinos.
Apr 22 - 9:46 AM
C.J. Cron - 1B - Rays

C.J. Cron went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run home runs in Saturday's 10-1 win over the Twins.

Both home runs played a major role in the victory. With the Rays trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Cron stepped to the plate and flipped the scoreboard, swatting a two-out, two-run home run off Kyle Gibson. Cron's crew would not trail again in the contest, but just for good measure, he put the game out of reach with yet another two-run shot in the seventh inning to cap off a five-run frame for the home team. He's up to four homers for the campaign. In addition, the first baseman is slashing .264/.316/.472 and has driven in 11 runs over the course of 72 at-bats. Cron has been good for 16 home runs -- on the nose -- each of the last three seasons, so he's a fair bit ahead of pace right now.
Apr 21 - 9:28 PM

Denard Span went 2-for-5 with three RBI in Saturday's win over the Twins.

The Rays held a 3-1 advantage at the time Span stepped to the plate with runners on in the seventh inning. He proceeded to provide a bit of breathing room, coming through with a two-run single to help widen the gap. C.J. Cron would promptly unload for a two-run home run to score Span and cap off a five-run seventh for the Rays. Just for good measure, Span later came through with another RBI single to turn the game into a laugher in the ninth inning. Overall, the veteran outfielder is hitting a quiet .259/.369/.407 with one home run, 17 RBI and two steals in 17 games. The RBI mark is actually quite nice, but otherwise, he offers a relatively toothless game. He should be good for double-digit steals and perhaps double-digit home runs (something he has achieved each of the past two seasons), but there's no real fantasy intrigue at this juncture of his career.
Apr 21 - 9:22 PM

Blake Snell surrendered one run on five hits over seven innings Saturday's 10-1 win over the Twins.

Snell struck out six without issuing a walk in the crisp win. He finished his early evening's work having thrown an even 100 pitches, 68 of those for strikes. A Miguel Sano sacrifice fly in the first inning served as the lone damage to the scoreboard on his watch, though he did have a touch-and-go moment late in his outing, as he had to work around a leadoff double from Robbie Grossman in the seventh inning. The Rays were holding a 2-1 lead at the time. He survived, and will now carry a 2.54 ERA, 0.99 and 32/10 K/BB ratio (28 1/3 innings) into a road showdown with the Orioles next time out. Had Snell not been roughed up by the Yankees for five runs in his second start of the season, those numbers would be even better. He has allowed zero or one run in all four of his other outings on the year.
Apr 21 - 9:10 PM

Rays sent INF/OF Brandon Snyder outright to Triple-A Durham.

Snyder was designated for assignment Friday and went unclaimed, and he opted to accept the assignment rather than choosing to become a free agent. He's now off the Rays' 40-man roster.
Apr 21 - 4:41 PM

Denard Span went 2-for-5 with three RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in Friday's 8-7 extra-inning win over the Twins.

The veteran outfielder made something happen at every opportunity. He drove in two runs with a double to right field in the fifth inning. He delivered an RBI-single in his next at-bat as well. He came to the plate again in the bottom of the tenth inning with two runners aboard and provided the key play of the ballgame. He hit a grounder to first baseman Joe Mauer, who flipped the ball to pitcher Zach Duke who then missed the base and allowed the runner to score and end the game.
Apr 20 - 11:53 PM

Chris Archer held the Twins to two runs in 6 2/3 innings on Friday but did not factor into the decision.

It was his first good start of the season and he deserved to win the ballgame. Unfortunately the Rays' bullpen conspired to blow a big league and deprive him of the win, although the team did pull out the victory in extra innings. Archer fanned five, walked one and surrendered four knocks -- including a solo homer by Logan Morrison. His record holds at 1-1 and he lowered his ERA to 6.59 after five starts.
Apr 20 - 11:40 PM

Rays activated INF Brad Miller from the 10-day disabled list.

Miller has been sidelined since April 8 because of a groin strain but played in a couple rehab games with no issues. He was 6-for-27 (.222) with one home run at the plate before going on the DL.
Apr 20 - 2:32 PM

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