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Mike Montgomery pitched a perfect ninth for the save as the Rays edged the Twins 2-1 on Friday.

Montgomery, once a top prospect in the Royals chain before coming over in the James Shields trade, is getting a look as a reliever this spring. It's hard to see him winning a spot in the crowded Tampa Bay pen, but he has a better chance of helping out later as a reliever than he did as a starter.
Mar 6 - 4:24 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Thursday that Alex Colome is "still very much a factor" for the No. 5 starter spot despite his visa issues.

Colome has yet to report to camp, but he's been throwing at the team's facility in the Dominican Republic. "Colome is getting his work in. We know that. We’ve had communication on that," Cash said. "As I’ve said the whole time, we’d like to have him here. I don’t think it’s fair to punish a guy for being held up, so he’s still very much a factor." Colome is viewed as the favorite for the No. 5 spot, at least until Matt Moore (elbow) return. Nate Karns, Matt Andriese and Burch Smith could get the spot if Colome slips up.
Mar 6 - 8:28 AM

Nate Karns started and pitched two scoreless innings versus the Orioles on Thursday.

Karns is a candidate to make the Rays rotation, but it really hurts his chances that he has options and Alex Colome doesn't. Still, if Karns pitches well this spring and Colome doesn't, it's possible the Rays will stick Colome in the pen or trade him.
Mar 5 - 5:15 PM

Joey Butler doubled and homered off the bench to drive in both Rays runs Thursday against the Orioles.

The soon-to-be 29-year-old Butler had 12 at-bats with the Rangers in 2013 and five for the Cardinals in 2014 before spending the second half of last season in Japan. He's typically been an excellent OBP guy, but also a huge strikeout guy in the minors, and most teams have figured he didn't have the power to make up for all of the strikeouts. The Rays will probably start him off in Triple-A unless they can find a taker for David DeJesus this spring.
Mar 5 - 5:13 PM

Rays signed RHP Jim Miller to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Miller had a good year with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate in 2014 and now joins the fight over the final few spots in the Rays' bullpen. The 32-year-old right-hander posted a 3.30 ERA and 60/20 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 minor league innings last season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Mar 4 - 8:06 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish said reliever Jim Miller is expected to sign somewhere soon.

Cotillo said Miller will almost certainly get a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Miller had a 3.30 ERA and 60/20 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings in the Yankees' minor league system last season, but he hasn't been able to find a team this winter. As pitchers start to get injured, though, the 32-year-old should find a home sooner than later.
Mar 4 - 8:02 PM

Alex Cobb will start Opening Day against the Orioles on April 6.

It will be the first Opening Day start of his career. It was a logical choice, as Cobb is now the staff ace with David Price out of the picture. The 27-year-old posted a 2.87 ERA and 149/47 K/BB ratio across 166 1/3 innings last season.
Mar 4 - 8:28 AM

Nick Franklin believes he will become the Rays' starting shortstop, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes.

The Rays can go one of several ways with their middle infield. One would involve using Asdrubal Cabrera at second base and Franklin at short, and another could reverse the positions. The Rays could also give some of Franklin's playing time to Tim Beckham (at shortstop) and/or Logan Forsythe (at second base). Franklin joined the club at the trade deadline last season in the three-way David Price trade. He has a career .647 OPS with 13 home runs and 51 RBI in 412 plate appearances. Those in deep mixed leagues and AL-only leagues will want to monitor how this situation plays out over the course of the spring.
Mar 3 - 8:38 AM

Rays pitching prospect Mike Montgomery will be used as a reliever during spring training.

The former top prospect just hasn't developed as hoped as a starter and the Rays have decided to finally try him out in the bullpen. Montgomery's stuff figures to play up in relief, giving him a shot to be an impact arm in Tampa's bullpen. With Jake McGee (elbow) slated to miss the first month of the season, Montgomery could be a dark horse to crack the Opening Day roster.
Mar 1 - 1:18 PM

The Rays are hopeful that Alex Colome, who is currently dealing with visa issues, will report to camp next week.

The 26-year-old right-hander was believed to be the favorite to secure the fifth and final spot in the Rays Opening Day rotation, though it's unclear if this delay will change their plans. He has been working out and throwing in the Dominican Republic while he awaits approval.
Feb 28 - 10:36 AM

Ronald Belisario will be shut down for the next two weeks due to a fractured left shoulder.

Belisario sustained the injury while getting out of a pool before he arrived to Rays' camp. While it's encouraging that the injury is to his non-throwing shoulder, he isn't expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Feb 28 - 9:11 AM

Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports that Ronald Belisario was seen in the Rays clubhouse with his left arm in a sling.

It's the veteran hurler's non-throwing arm, but could still be potentially concerning. No word yet on what any potential injury may be, but any missed time this spring could hurt the non-roster invitee's chances of cracking the bullpen on Opening Day.
Feb 28 - 8:43 AM
Josh Sale - OF - Rays

Rays released OF Josh Sale.

Sale has made way more waves off the field than on it after being selected in the first round of the 2010 Draft, getting suspended multiple times for drugs and also for an incident at a strip club. He hit just .238/.313/.344 at High-A in 2014 and the Rays have finally decided to give up on him. Sale is still just 23, but he's looking like a long shot to ever get his career on track.
Feb 27 - 11:45 AM

Alex Colome has yet to report to Rays camp due to visa issues.

It's not clear whether the club has a timetable of when to expect him. Colome, who held a 2.66 ERA over 23 2/3 innings with the Rays last season, will compete for a spot in the rotation this spring once he arrives.
Feb 27 - 8:57 AM

Drew Smyly will throw bullpen sessions every third day as opposed to every other day like the other pitchers in Rays camp.

Smyly is fine physically, but he just prefers a different schedule where he throws more in each session. Because he's not throwing as often, he won't make his Grapefruit League debut until around March 10-11, but he will still have plenty of time to get stretched out before the season begins. Smyly had a 3.24 ERA and 133/42 K/BB ratio across 153 innings last season between the Tigers and Rays and appears poised to take another step forward in 2015.
Feb 25 - 2:59 PM

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