Player News - Rays

Date: Team: Pos:

Xavier Cedeno (forearm) will not require surgery after receiving a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

Andrews concurred with Rays team doctor Koco Eaton's plan for rest and rehab. Cedeno is still going to miss a significant period of time, but at least he doesn't need season-ending surgery.
Apr 28 - 11:52 AM

Colby Rasmus (hip) isn't expected to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

He had been pegged for a return this weekend, but Rasmus is just 1-for-19 so far on his rehab assignment so the Rays will give him a little more time to get his swing in order. Rasmus will see time in left field and the designated hitter spot once he's activated.
Apr 28 - 11:47 AM

Rays prospect Ryan Yarbrough struck out eight hitters in 6 1/3 innings for Triple-A Durham on Wednesday.

Yarbrough allowed just two runs on six hits and two walks in his just over six innings. Acquired in the Drew Smyly deal, Yarbrough doesn't get a ton of hype, but with a strong change and a sinking fastball, his stuff is better than advertised. He also throws those pitches and an average breaking-balls for strikes, so he absolutely has the ability to pitch in the back of a rotation. Just don't expect anything more.
Apr 27 - 1:34 PM

Rays activated OF Mallex Smith from the 10-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Durham.

Smith is recovered from his mid-April hamstring strain, but with Colby Rasmus due back soon the 23-year-old outfielder is no longer a fit for the major league roster. Smith was batting .273/.360/.318 in 25 plate appearances this season for Tampa Bay.
Apr 27 - 1:00 PM

Alex Colome blew an extra-inning lead and took a loss against the Orioles on Wednesday.

He pitched a clean 10th inning with the score tied and was put in position to earn a win when the Rays scored a run in the top of the 11th. He went back out to lock down the victory but quickly loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. He allowed a sacrifice fly to bring in the tying run, then walked another batter to load the bases again. Colome was then lifted from the game only to see Danny Farquhar walk in the winning run. Colome was charged with both runs and the loss. Those were the first earned runs he has allowed in 11 2/3 innings of work this season. He still has a rock-solid grip on the closer's role in Tampa Bay.
Apr 26 - 11:52 PM

Tim Beckham went 3-for-5 and drilled two solo home runs but the Rays still lost to the Orioles on Wednesday.

He homered in the third and again in the fifth to draw the Rays within a run, but they ultimately fell in extra innings. Beckham has been serving as the starting shortstop since the season began in the absence of the injured Matt Duffy. Beckham has hit well enough that there could be a position battle when Duffy returns to action. Beckham is hitting .280/.299/.493 with four homers, 10 runs scored and eight RBI in 78 plate appearances.
Apr 26 - 11:46 PM

Alex Cobb gave up three runs -- two earned -- over five innings in a no-decision effort versus the Orioles on Wednesday.

He allowed five consecutive singles and a pair of runs in the second inning. The second run scored when both Kevin Kiermaier and Cobb each made throwing errors on the same play to allow Seth Smith to circle the bases on a single. Cobb's record holds at 1-2 as his ERA improves to 4.66 with 21 strikeouts and six walks in 29 innings.
Apr 26 - 11:38 PM

Jake Odorizzi (hamstring) said Wednesday's simulated game went well.

That view was shared by manager Kevin Cash. Odorizzi has been cleared to return Monday against the Marlins after missing two starts with a strained hamstring. Erasmo Ramirez made one start in his absence while Austin Pruitt made the other in what was deemed as a "bullpen" game.
Apr 26 - 9:38 PM

Mallex Smith (hamstring) went 1-for-3 with a triple in his first minor league rehab game Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

Smith has been on the disabled list since April 14 with a strained right hamstring. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times suspects the 23-year-old outfielder will be optioned to Triple-A Durham once he returns to full strength. He was batting .273/.360/.318 through 25 plate appearances with the Rays.
Apr 26 - 12:22 PM

Jose De Leon (forearm) has begun throwing live batting practice at extended spring training.

If he can avoid setbacks for the next week or two, the Rays should be ready to station him at Triple-A Durham. De Leon, acquired from the Dodgers in January for second baseman Logan Forsythe, projects to debut for Tampa Bay sometime in late-May or early-June if his health cooperates. The 24-year-old right-hander posted a 2.61 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 111 strikeouts over 86 1/3 innings last season with Triple-A Oklahoma City before making his first climb to the MLB level.
Apr 26 - 12:40 AM

Making an emergency start, Austin Pruit held the Orioles off the scoreboard for three innings Tuesday in a 2-0 win.

The Rays evidently didn’t like the weather forecast early in the evening, so they scratched Erasmo Ramirez. It was a little rainy but playable as it turns out, but Tampa is surely fine with their decision after Pruitt yielded just one hit and one walk while whiffing three over his three scoreless frames. Pruitt will return to a long relief role.
Apr 25 - 10:25 PM

Alex Colome walked a batter but hung on to convert his fifth save of the season Tuesday in Baltimore.

Colome issued a two-out walk to Chris Davis after getting a couple groundouts to start the frame, but he then set down Mark Trumbo swinging to close it out. The Rays' closer has been virtually untouchable this season, yielding just one unearned run over 10 frames.
Apr 25 - 10:24 PM

Rickie Weeks singled, walked and scored a run Tuesday against the Orioles.

Weeks got the start against a left as he's been doing this season and batted fifth. He just missed out on a three-run home run in the first inning when he flied out to the warning track in center field. Weeks settled for a walk and a run in the fourth and a single in the eighth.
Apr 25 - 10:21 PM

Steven Souza singled three times in five trips to the dish Tuesday in Baltimore.

He was the only player on either side to record a multi-hit game, as the Rays and Orioles combined for just eight hits -- seven singles -- and two runs in this one. Souza's batting line is up to .349/.426/.590 for the season.
Apr 25 - 10:17 PM

Rays pitching prospect Taylor Guerrieri has no structural damage in his right elbow.

Guerrieri is probably still going to miss a couple of months, but rest and rehab should do the trick for the 2011 first-round pick. He's posted promising numbers in the minors when healthy, but 2016 was his first season of more than 80 innings. Guerrieri had Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in 2013.
Apr 25 - 7:30 PM


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