Player News - Rays

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Brad Boxberger (abdomen) is on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment next Thursday.

He'll work a pair of simulated appearances first -- one Friday and one Monday -- at the Rays' spring training complex in Port Charlotte, Florida. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says Boxberger is probably going to be asked to make six minor league appearances before the Rays consider activating him from the disabled list. He's been out all season after undergoing core muscle surgery in mid-March. Alex Colome is serving as Tampa Bay's fill-in closer.
May 5 - 9:06 AM

Matt Moore could be skipped on his next turn through the Rays' rotation.

Moore got pounded for seven runs on eight hits over just 4 1/3 innings Tuesday against the Dodgers and the Rays face a lefty-mashing team this weekend in the Angels. It might be a good time to get the 26-year-old southpaw a breather. Matt Andriese or Erasmo Ramirez could fill in versus Anaheim.
May 5 - 9:01 AM

Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 and hit a three-run homer off Alex Wood to help the Rays beat the Dodgers 8-5 on Wednesday.

The Rays have been facing a lot of lefties lately, and Pearce has taken advantage; he's now hitting .300/.375/.520 in 50 at-bats. He'll continue to get extra playing time against righties at Logan Morrison's expense, but he's probably not going to do a whole lot with it; he's best utilized as a platoon player.
May 4 - 11:15 PM

Erasmo Ramirez recorded his fourth win in relief and fifth overall with two scoreless innings Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Ramirez allowed an inherited runner to score after replacing Drew Smyly in the sixth, which tied the game and earned him a blown save. He got the win when the Rays went on to score six times in the following two frames. It's ridiculous that the Rays are now talking about leaving Ramirez in the pen, and patently unfair to a guy who is arbitration eligible this winter, but it might happen, at least for a little while.
May 4 - 11:12 PM

Steven Souza exited Wednesday's game against the Dodgers with a pectoral spasm.

Souza whacked a solo home run in the fourth inning for his lone hit in two at-bats. The pectoral issue raised its ugly head several innings later and he was replaced in center field by Kevin Kiermaier in the seventh inning. Per the Rays, Souza's injury is not considered major.
May 4 - 9:37 PM

Rays RHP prospect Matt Andriese tallied a career-high 14 strikeouts over seven shutout frames Tuesday for Triple-A Durham.

Andriese went up against Pirates top prospect Jameson Taillon in an epic pitcher's duel. Neither starter allowed a run in their combined 14 innings of work. Andriese actually made 25 appearances for the Rays last season, so he isn't really a prospect anymore. The 26-year-old has done a fine job for Durham this year, earning a 3.41 ERA with an 11.54 K/9 over six starts. Andriese may make a few spot starts here and there, but he's going to have a tough time cracking Tampa Bay's loaded starting rotation.
Source: MILB.com
May 4 - 1:40 PM

Neil Wagner made his first minor league appearance since 2014 on Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

Wagner underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in August 2014 and ran into a couple of setbacks in his rehab. But he looked great Tuesday, throwing a perfect inning for the Stone Crabs while touching 95 mph on the radar gun. The 32-year-old right-hander could make his way into the Tampa Bay bullpen at some point this summer.
May 4 - 9:11 AM

Brad Boxberger (abdomen) threw another successful 30-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.

Boxberger worked in some changeups and sliders in anticipation of the next step of his rehab, which will be facing live hitters. He'll head to the Rays' spring training complex Friday to begin simulated work. The right-hander is probably two weeks away -- maybe a little less -- from joining the back end of the Tampa Bay bullpen. Rays fill-in closer Alex Colome is sitting on a 3.00 ERA and five saves.
May 4 - 9:08 AM

Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 with a home run in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

Drawing a start against lefty Scott Kazmir, Pearce connected for a solo home run in the fifth inning. He's been deployed sparingly this year, playing mostly against southpaws -- he's a career .263/.345/.475 hitter against pitchers of that orientation -- and has been serviceable in that role. After Tuesday's game, the 33-year-old is hitting .283/.365/.435 with two home runs in 46 at-bats.
May 3 - 10:44 PM

Matt Moore allowed seven runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Moore served up a couple homers along with walking three batters on the night. The start was his worst of 2016, leaving him with a 4.95 ERA and 1.21 WHIP through six starts on the year. What's more, he's now lost three straight starts. He'll look to get back in the win column Monday at the Mariners.
May 3 - 10:24 PM

Rays SS prospect Daniel Robertson ended a three-game hitless streak by providing four hits Monday in a win for Triple-A Durham.

Robertson had been just six for his last 29 before Monday's explosion. The 22-year-old finished a home run shy of the cycle. He also scored twice while plating four runs. Robertson earned his promotion to Triple-A this year by hitting .274 across 299 at-bats for Double-A Montgomery in 2015. He homered 15 times in 2014 but has only logged five round-trippers since then.
Source: MILB.com
May 3 - 3:42 PM

Evan Longoria cracked a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Longoria's solo sixth-inning homer would be the only runs the Rays scored against a locked in Marcus Stroman. It was his fifth of the season and his second in as many days. The veteran third baseman also notched a single to finish 2-for-4. Through his first 99 at-bats, he is slashing .242/.272/.455. He should continue to serve as a solid, veteran fantasy option moving forward.
May 1 - 4:02 PM

Jake Odorizzi was sharp in earning a no-decision in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays, hurling seven innings of one-run ball.

Don't be fooled by the 5-1 final score. This was a juicy pitching duel by starters Odorizzi and Marcus Stroman until the Rays bullpen coughed up four late runs. For his part, Odorizzi struck out six, walked two and allowed just a pair of hits. The lonely run to score on his watch came when Josh Donaldson clocked a solo homer off the 26-year-old right-hander in the fourth inning. Odorizzi is off to a smooth start with a 3.12 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 30/7 K/BB ratio across 34 2/3 innings. A road date with the Angels awaits him in his next outing.
May 1 - 3:52 PM

Brad Boxberger (abdomen) will throw live batting practice late this week.

Boxberger threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday and will throw one more 'pen session early this week before being allowed to face hitters. He's not far off from a rehab assignment and is poised to return in mid-May.
May 1 - 1:46 PM

Steven Souza is batting fifth for the third straight game on Sunday.

Souza has been hitting seventh this season for the Rays, but manager Kevin Cash said the outfielder has earned a move up in the lineup. "He’s swinging the bat well," Cash said. "Just like the way he’s going about his business right now. Like we did with mixing it up with (Logan Morrison) and (Brad) Miller, a different spot, different look for somebody to see if that triggers something." Souza sports a .274/.329/.521 batting line with five homers and one stolen base so far this season. Cash said that Souza could remain in the fifth spot for a while if he continues to produce.
May 1 - 1:45 PM


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