Player News - Rays

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Oswaldo Arcia went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a two-run double in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

Arcia came over from the Twins in a trade on Friday. He failed to pick up a hit in his first three at-bats with his new club, but came through in a big way on Sunday. He notched a solo home run in the fourth inning and a two-run double in the fifth to finish with three RBI. In 103 at-bats with the Twins prior to the trade, the 25-year-old outfielder was hitting just .214/.289/.369 with four homers and 12 RBI. He is young enough and talented enough that his career shouldn't be considered a lost cause yet, though it is off to a rocky enough start.
Jun 26 - 5:29 PM

Drew Smyly crashed and burned in Sunday's loss to the Orioles, yielding eight runs on 10 hits over five innings.

Ouch. Smyly did strike out six against just one walk, but it was a disappointing outing just about any other way you slice it. Chris Davis set the tone well enough in the first inning, launching a grand slam off the 27-year-old southpaw. The O's would strike for additional singular runs in the second and third innings before scoring a pair in the fifth to finish off Smyly's disappointing line. The terrifying performance pushed his ERA from 4.78 to 5.32. He will try to rebound in a home start against the Tigers next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 26 - 5:17 PM

Chase Whitley (elbow) threw live batting practice on Saturday.

It was the first time he's faced hitters since last year's Tommy John surgery. Whitley could be an option for the Rays at some point in the second half, but they're surely not counting on much from him until next season.
Jun 26 - 10:39 AM

Jake Odorizzi allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings in Saturday's doubleheader nightcap against the Orioles.

Odorizzi was staked to a four-run lead but wasn't able to hold it, eventually settling for a no-decision. The right-hander was done in by homers, as the Orioles hit three of them on the evening. He walked one and struck out one before exiting. He now owns a 3.93 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through 16 starts, numbers he'll look to improve upon Thursday against the Tigers.
Jun 25 - 11:45 PM

Rays activated RHP Ryan Webb from the 15-day disabled list.

Tyler Sturdevant was optioned to Triple-A Durham in the corresponding move. Webb needed about a month to recover from a strained pectoral muscle. He was only so-so during his four-game rehab stint, recording a 7.36 ERA over four outings for High-A Charlotte and Triple-A Durham. The right-hander will be used in middle relief.
Jun 25 - 11:32 PM

Rays optioned RHP Tyler Sturdevant to Triple-A Durham.

The Orioles lit Sturdevant up for five hits and three runs in only two innings of work Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader. The 30-year-old carried a 4.80 ERA in 13 outings for the Rays before his demotion.
Jun 25 - 11:28 PM

Rays optioned RHP Danny Farquhar to Triple-A Durham.

Farquhar appeared in the second game of Tampa Bay's doubleheader on Saturday, allowing a solo home run to Orioles catcher Matt Wieters in the eighth inning. He'll continue to bounce back and forth between Tampa Bay and Durham.
Jun 25 - 11:25 PM

Brandon Guyer (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Saturday.

Guyer will serve as the DH on Saturday. He was placed on the disabled list three weeks ago with a strained hamstring. The Rays' outfield is pretty banged up right now with injuries to Steven Souza (hip), Mikie Mahtook (hand) and Kevin Kiermaier (hand), so it will be a welcome sight when Guyer returns sometime next week.
Jun 25 - 4:42 PM

Matt Andriese allowed two runs over 4 2/3 innings Saturday against the Orioles.

Both runs scored in the second inning. Andriese allowed five hits and walked a pair while striking out five. This was merely a spot-start because of Saturday’s doubleheader, so look for him to move back to the bullpen from here.
Jun 25 - 4:29 PM

Taylor Motter went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Saturday versus the Orioles.

Motter is now batting .174/.275/.290 on the year. He’s been getting playing time in the outfield recently due to a long list of injuries for the Rays, but Oswaldo Arcia’s arrival should change that.
Jun 25 - 4:27 PM

Enny Romero took a line drive off his left hand Saturday against the Orioles.

Manny Machado nearly drilled him in the head with a screaming line drive with two outs in the eighth inning. Instead, Romero got his hand up just in time and deflected it off his left palm. It was the last at-bat of the game for the Orioles and it's doubtful Romero would have returned for another inning had there been one. Fortunately, his X-rays came back negative. Consider him day-to-day.
Jun 25 - 4:19 PM

Oswaldo Arcia is expected to be in the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles.

The Rays are going with Jaff Decker, Taylor Motter, and Corey Dickerson in their outfield and Brad Miller out of the DH spot in the first game. Arcia hasn't played since June 14, so the Rays didn't want him to play both games of the doubleheader. The 25-year-old should split time between right field and the DH spot with his new team.
Jun 25 - 11:57 AM

Brad Miller will serve as the designated hitter in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader versus the Orioles.

Corey Dickerson was the DH on Friday, but he's starting in left field Saturday. Tim Beckham will make the start at shortstop.
Jun 25 - 11:09 AM

Desmond Jennings is not in the lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles.

Jaff Decker will make the start in center field instead. Taylor Motter will play right field and Corey Dickerson is in left.
Jun 25 - 11:06 AM

Jaff Decker will start in center field in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles.

Meanwhile, Desmond Jennings is on the bench. Decker has played both corner outfield spots since joining the Rays earlier this month, but this will be his first start in center field. Taylor Motter is making the start in right field Saturday while Corey Dickerson is in left. The newly-acquired Oswaldo Arcia isn't in the lineup, but he could be for Game Two. He figures to see time between DH and right field.


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