Player News - Rays

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Chris Archer was diagnosed with a contusion in his right forearm, and his exit from the minor league game was precautionary.

Phew. Archer left his start on Friday after taking a comebacker to his arm. A contusion can obviously be very painful, but it doesn't sound like the Rays are too concerned with the injury. It's very likely he'll be ready to make his Opening Day start for Tampa Bay.
Mar 23 - 2:38 PM

Daniel Robertson left the Grapefruit League game against the Orioles on Friday after being hit by a pitch.

Robertson appeared to have been hit in the hand, and slammed his helmet down before exiting the game. This could all just be precautionary as we get closer to the regular season, but we'll update you with whatever news we find out in regards to the infielder.
Mar 23 - 2:34 PM

Chris Archer left his minor league start on Friday early after being hit in the forearm by a grounder in the fifth inning.

The severity of the injury is unknown at this point. Archer, 29, is expected to pitch at the top of the Tampa Bay rotation this season. We'll update you when we know more about the severity of the injury.
Mar 23 - 2:19 PM

Rays prospect Lucius Fox was scratched from Friday's lineup with a contusion in his knee.

Fox was hit by a pitch in the knee during batting practice, and Tampa Bay pulled the shortstop out of the lineup as a precaution. A former Giants prospect, Fox has electric speed, and he's made progress with the bat in his time as a professional. He's a long-term prospect, but there's big upside for those who want to invest early in dynasty leagues.
Mar 23 - 2:02 PM
C.J. Cron - 1B - Rays

C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer in the Rays' 5-3 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday.

Cron's place in the middle of the Rays lineup is secure, which has to be a nice change from what he was looking at in Anaheim. He's hit .262/.311/.571 in 42 at-bats this spring. He might not be a shallow mixed-league guy this year, but he'll definitely have some value in deeper leagues.
Mar 22 - 7:22 PM

Jake Faria surrendered three runs in five innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Blue Jays.

Not quite what the Rays were hoping for after Faria bounced back from a horrendous first three outings to beat the Twins last Friday, but it doesn't seem like a huge setback either. He struck out four, so he has seven strikeouts in his last two starts after recording none in his first three.
Mar 22 - 7:21 PM

Andrew Kittredge struck out five in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief Thursday against the Jays.

Should he make the team, Kittredge figures to play a big role in the Rays' early season "bullpen games." He has allowed three homers this spring, so his ERA stands at 5.56. He does have a versatile arm, though, and the Rays will need a couple of options to swing back and forth between long and short outings early on.
Mar 22 - 7:19 PM

Ryan Yarbrough yielded one run in three innings and struck out five Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Yarbrough has a 2.63 ERA and an 11/5 K/BB in 13 2/3 innings. He's likely battling it out with Yonny Chirinos to be the Rays' top rotation fallback in Triple-A. We're rather more interested in Chirinos from a fantasy perspective.
Mar 21 - 4:40 PM

Daniel Hudson was pounded for five runs in two-thirds of an inning out of the pen Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Hudson had seemingly recovered from getting lit up his first time out -- he had thrown four scoreless innings since -- but his second dire outing of the spring has pushed his ERA back up to 16.20. The Rays aren't going to give up on him in March, but they might come May if he's still struggling.
Mar 21 - 4:35 PM

Matt Duffy singled and walked in his two plate appearances against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Duffy has his average up to .306, though it's an empty .306, with no extra-base hits and two walks in 36 at-bats. The Rays would like to hit him second or third this year, but he was down in the eighth spot today and they'll likely keep doing a fair amount of experimenting there. Duffy isn't going to rack up the homers or RBI, so it's imperative that he bat near the top of the order to be of much use in deeper fantasy leagues.
Mar 21 - 4:32 PM

Rays signed C Curt Casali to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Casali's signing comes about 20 minutes after he was released by the Rangers. He'll be given a chance over the final week to win a backup spot to Wilson Ramos on the Rays. The 28-year-old catcher spent the last four seasons with Tampa Bay, and has a career .670 OPS in his 466 plate appearances at the MLB level.
Mar 21 - 4:12 PM

Rangers released C Curt Casali.

This should allow Casali to catch on with another club before Opening Day, though he's not guaranteed to find a major league roster spot. Juan Centeno will open as the backup to starting catcher Robinson Chirinos in Texas.
Mar 21 - 12:48 PM

Mallex Smith (hamstring) took five at-bats in a minor league game Tuesday in Rays camp.

"No hesitation, stole a base, no second thought with any of my movements," Smith told reporters afterward. "So that was relieving." Smith hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 8 because of a hamstring strain, but the 24-year-old speedster should be fine for the start of the 2018 regular season. He's a nice late-round sleeper for stolen bases.
Mar 20 - 1:47 PM

Mallex Smith (hamstring) is set to play in a minor league game on Tuesday.

It's the first time that he has taken the field since March 8. Smith has maintained throughout his injury that he would be ready in time for Opening Day, and he appears to be right on track.
Mar 19 - 10:09 PM

Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Sunday in the Rays' 10-5 Grapefruit League win over the Tigers.

Gomez is now batting .304 with an .811 OPS through 24 plate appearances this spring. He signed a one-year, $4 million free agent contract with the Rays in late February and is expected to serve as their primary right fielder. He was productive when healthy last year in Texas.
Mar 18 - 4:14 PM

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