Player News - Rays

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Erasmo Ramirez pitched four innings and allowed three runs -- one earned -- in a loss to the Pirates on Friday.

Although he missed the first half of the spring with a hamstring injury, the Rays are still stretching Ramirez out as a rotation candidate. It's an encouraging development for him, though he has been mentioned as a trade candidate recently.
Mar 24 - 5:11 PM

Chase Whitley pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out two, Friday against the Pirates.

Whitley pitched four scoreless innings last time out, but the short outing today makes it seem as though he was officially ruled out of the rotation mix. He could still make the Rays as a reliever. He has a 4.91 ERA this spring, but he's coming on strong now.
Mar 24 - 5:09 PM

Chris Archer has been announced as the Rays' Opening Day starter.

He'll get the nod at home April 2 against the Yankees. This will be Archer's third straight Opening Day start. The rest of Tampa Bay's rotation will follow in this order: Jake Odorizzi, Alex Cobb, Blake Snell and Matt Andriese. Even in a down year, Archer still finished second in the AL with 233 strikeouts last season. Look for him to bounce back in 2017.
Mar 23 - 8:52 PM

Rays pitching prospect Austin Pruitt whiffed five over four shutout frames Thursday against the Yankees.

Another impressive showing from Pruitt, who now boasts a 1.84 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 16/2 K/BB ratio over 14 2/3 frames this spring. Pruitt is 27 and isn't really viewed as much of a prospect, but he pitched well last season between Double- and Triple-A and could make his big league debut in 2017.
Mar 23 - 6:18 PM

Steven Souza ripped open a blister on the palm of his left hand Thursday in a Grapefruit League game.

That's why he made an early exit. Souza could be held out of action for a couple of days, but this shouldn't affect his status for the opening of the 2017 regular season. Unless it's a blister of the Rich Hill variety.
Mar 23 - 2:55 PM

Rays reassigned 1B Casey Gillaspie, OF/1B Jake Bauers, OF Johnny Field, INF Jake Hager, INF/OF Patrick Leonard, OF Dayron Varona, RHP Andrew Kittredge, and RHP Neil Wagner to minor league camp.

A big round of cuts from Rays camp. Gillaspie is on track to make his MLB debut at some point in 2017 after batting .284/.388/.479 with 18 home runs and 64 RBI in 132 games last season between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. The 24-year-old first base prospect was selected 20th overall by the Rays in the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Mar 23 - 11:13 AM

Rays released RHP Jeff Walters.

Walters allowed five runs -- four earned -- in 4 2/3 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League. The 29-year-old right-hander has never appeared in a major league game.
Mar 23 - 11:05 AM

Rays released RHP David Carpenter.

Carpenter had a 3.12 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and six strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League. He should latch on with another team, on another non-guaranteed minor league deal.
Mar 23 - 11:03 AM

Brad Boxberger (lat) will take a week off from throwing and then build back up.

Boxberger has been bothered by a lat issue for much of spring training and still can't get over the hump with the injury. He'll try a different approach with the hope that one full week of rest might do the trick. The right-handed setup man is aiming to join the Rays' bullpen sometime in mid-to-late April. He will open the 2017 regular season on the 10-day disabled list.
Mar 23 - 9:45 AM

Colby Rasmus went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and an RBI single in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.

Rasmus is working his way into the groove late, having just made his spring debut on Sunday. The slow start is due to the fact that he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle in October. On Wednesday, the veteran outfielder came through with an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run home run in the fifth. While Rasmus has popped double-digit home runs in each of the past five seasons, health has been a major issue for him throughout his career. He has played in more than 120 games just once over the last four years.
Mar 22 - 8:51 PM

Chris Archer posted an up-and-down Grapefruit League start against the Orioles on Wednesday, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Archer did strike out six, but on the whole, this wasn't the sharpest of outings. He yielded runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings, the loudest of those coming in the form of a two-run home run by Chris Johnson in the fourth. This past season, the 28-year-old Archer posted a 4.02 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 233/67 K/BB ratio across 201 1/3 innings (33 starts). It was something of a down campaign for the right-hander -- at least outside of the strikeouts -- but he remains a rock solid fantasy option in both mixed- and AL-only formats.
Mar 22 - 8:50 PM

Matt Duffy will travel to North Carolina on Thursday to see the doctor who did his heel surgery last September.

Duffy has been stuck in neutral in his rehab in Rays' camp, so the hope is that the doctor doesn't see anything concerning and can readjust his plan to get him back on track. Either way, he's projected to begin the season on the disabled list.
Mar 22 - 3:07 PM

Alex Cobb pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs Tuesday against the Pirates.

Cobb was throwing 88-mph meatballs in the first, so it was s surprise he ended up making it through 5 1/3 innings and striking out five. It's possible he's hit a bit of a dead-arm period, since reports on his velocity were better leading up to this one. He's a really intriguing bounce-back candidate for 2017, but he's hardly a sure thing.
Mar 21 - 4:41 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rays could trade from their pitching depth.

Rosenthal names Erasmo Ramirez as the strongest candidate to be dealt. Given that he's making $3.2 million this season and under team control for 2018-2019, he should draw plenty of interest. The 26-year-old posted a 3.77 ERA and 63/26 K/BB ratio over 90 2/3 innings in 2016. He worked almost exclusively out of the bullpen last year, but he also has experience as a starter.
Mar 21 - 1:36 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that there's no target date for Matt Duffy (heel) to get into games.

Cash told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that Duffy is still "status quo" in strengthening as he makes his way back from last September's Achilles surgery. He could go see his doctor for a follow-up and might try a different rehab program, so a timetable is up in the air right now. He's expected to begin the year on the DL.
Mar 21 - 11:15 AM


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