Player News - Rays

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Sergio Romo earned his third save of the year on Sunday afternoon against the Yankees.

Romo issued a one-out walk to Neil Walker, but he retired the other three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning to seal a 3-1 victory for the Rays and help them avoid a four-game sweep. Tampa Bay's bullpen usage has been very unpredictable since the Alex Colome trade, and it will probably remain so over the final three-plus months of the season. Romo is worth owning in deeper mixed leagues, but you can't really expect consistent production in the saves department.
Jun 17 - 5:02 PM

Wilmer Font tossed 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Rays' defeat of the Yankees.

The only run he gave up came on a solo shot by Aaron Hicks in the bottom of the fifth. Font surrendered only three other hits and one walk while striking out five. The 28-year-old right-hander has looked sharp now in two straight outings and might get a more permanent spot in the Rays' rotation if he can keep it up, though for the season his ERA is still over 7.50 and he should not be trusted in standard fantasy leagues.
Jun 17 - 5:00 PM

Matt Duffy went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the Rays' 3-1 win over the Yankees on Sunday.

Duffy tallied both of those RBI on a two-run single off CC Sabathia in the top of the second inning. He also doubled off reliever Adam Warren in the top of the ninth. The 27-year-old third baseman holds an impressive .318/.360/.439 batting line through 56 games this season, though his counting stats are a little lackluster.
Jun 17 - 5:00 PM

Rays activated SS Adeiny Hechavarria from the 10-day disabled list.

It had looked like Hechavarria would be traded or designated for assignment, but Christian Arroyo (oblique) getting injured gives him a reprieve for now. Willy Adames will see plenty of starts at shortstop but can also play second base, unlike Hechavarria. It's possible Hechavarria might only stick around until Daniel Robertson (hamstring) returns.
Jun 17 - 8:48 AM

Rays placed INF Christian Arroyo on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

Arroyo was finally getting some regular playing time with the Rays when the injury occurred, apparently in Friday night's game. The infielder is hitting .264/.339/.396 in 20 games with the club. Oblique strains are inherently tricky, so no clear timetable exists for his return at this point. A corresponding roster move wasn't immediately available.
Jun 16 - 5:23 PM

Matt Duffy clubbed a solo homer in the ninth inning on Saturday, preventing the Rays from being shut out by the Yankees.

The Rays were completely shut down by Luis Severino over the first eight innings, then Duffy greeted reliever Chasen Shreve with the solo homer to lead off the ninth. He finished the day 1-for-4 and is now hitting .311/.350/.429 with four homers and 20 RBI on the season.
Jun 16 - 4:08 PM

Ryan Yarbrough struggled in Saturday's loss to the Yankees, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits over his 3 2/3 innings of work.

Yarbrough struck out four and walked three on the afternoon. He allowed the Yankees to scratch out single runs in the second and third innings, then served up back-to-back homers to Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez in the sixth. He now owns a 4.21 ERA and 1.30 WHIP on the season.
Jun 16 - 4:08 PM

Wilson Ramos is not in the Rays' starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's showdown against the Yankees.

It's just a regular day of rest for the veteran backstop, being a day game after a night game. The Rays' offense does look much weaker without his presence in it though. Jesus Sucre will start behind the dish and bat ninth against Luis Severino and the Yankees.
Jun 16 - 9:53 AM

Nathan Eovaldi was charged with five runs over 7 1/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees on Friday.

Eovaldi was better than the line showed, as he held the Yankees to two runs through seven innings before running out of gas in the eighth. He left with the bases loaded, setting up Gary Sanchez to plate three runs on a double against Jonny Venters. Eovaldi allowed eight hits against his former team while striking out five batters and walking just one. He had 13 swinging strikes in his 101 pitches. Eovaldi now has a 4.63 ERA and 16/3 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings over four starts since making his return from Tommy John surgery. He’s always teased with fantasy potential, but owners would do well to leave him inactive for a matchup against the Astros next week.
Jun 15 - 11:13 PM

Willy Adames went 1-for-2 with a single and two walks in Friday’s loss to the Yankees.

Adames was also caught stealing to end the sixth inning. The 22-year-old is batting .250 (7-for-28) with one homer, one double, and a 14/3 K/BB ratio over his first eight games in the majors. He’s the "shortstop of the future" for the Rays, but it’s unclear if he's up for good just yet. Daniel Robertson (hamstring) is expected to return soon.
Jun 15 - 11:10 PM
C.J. Cron - DH - Rays

C.J. Cron is out of the Rays' starting lineup on Friday night against the Yankees.

Matt Duffy will DH and bat leadoff versus rookie right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga. Christian Arroyo is at third base and hitting seventh. Carlos Gomez is also sitting for the Rays on Friday night in New York.
Jun 15 - 2:55 PM

Matt Duffy went 2-for-4 with a leadoff home run in Thursday's loss to the Yankees.

Yankees starter Domingo German ran a fastball inside to Duffy to lead off the game, and Duffy offered, yanking it over the left field wall to give the Rays an early lead. After a lost 2017 season, Duffy has been on a tear this year, batting .316/.354/.425 with three homers and three steals in 53 games. The counting stats aren't much, especially on a middling Rays club, but the 27-year-old is usable in deeper mixed leagues and all AL-only leagues right now.
Jun 14 - 11:18 PM

Blake Snell allowed four runs, all in the fifth inning, while striking out eight in a loss to the Yankees on Thursday.

Snell avoided trouble while racking up the strikeouts through the first four innings, elevating his pitch count in the process. It caught up to him in the fifth, presumably, when Aaron Hicks hit a one-out homer and with two outs and two on, Gleyber Torres hit his 103rd pitch over the left field wall. He'd allowed just one earned run in his previous four starts combined, and even this was a case of a razor's edge being the difference between a strong start and a disappointing one. On the year, the 25-year-old is 8-4 with a 2.58 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 97 strikeouts through 15 starts. Snell will look to get back on the right side of the ledger Tuesday in a start against the defending World Champion Astros.
Jun 14 - 10:53 PM

Anthony Banda underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Thursday.

The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews. Assuming the usual recovery time, Banda likely won't be ready to pitch until 2020. The left-hander registered a 3.68 ERA over three major league appearances including one start this season.
Jun 14 - 4:28 PM

Johnny Field (knee) went 0-for-3 with a walk in his return to the Rays' lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Field injured his right knee in Sunday's series finale against the Mariners, but an MRI taken Monday showed no structural damage and he wound up missing just two games. The 26-year-old rookie has been getting regular playing time in the corner outfield for Tampa Bay.
Jun 14 - 8:30 AM


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