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Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015

Rays Report

A baseball blog by Roger Mooney

Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald.

Moore ready for Thursday return

Published:   |   Updated: June 29, 2015 at 05:32 PM
By Roger Mooney

ST. PETERSBURG -- Manager Kevin Cash said the official announcement on LHP Matt Moore’s return won’t come until after tonight’s game with the Indians, but Moore, after throwing a bullpen this afternoon, said he is looking forward to facing the Indians on Thursday afternoon.

“I’m definitely ready to go,” Moore said.

Moore, who last pitched in a big league game April 7, 2014, missed the last 14 months while rehabbing from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.

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Krauss joins team, injury updates and lineups for BoSox

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By Roger Mooney

ST. PETERSBURG -- Marc Krauss, the first baseman acquired Thursday from the Angels, makes his Rays debut tonight during the first game of a three-game series with the visiting Red Sox.

The left-handed hitting Krauss will form a lefty-righty platoon with Jake Elmore while the Rays wait for 1B James Loney to return from the DL. Loney, out with a fractured left middle finger, is expected to return around the All-Star Break. Krauss has options so he’ll likely be headed to Durham when Loney returns.

In news on the injury front ...

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Rays hit the runway to help fund dreams for local kids

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By Olivia Stacey

Rays players, their wives or girlfriends, and some special “dream children” strutted their stuff Wednesday night during Rays on the Runway.

The annual fashion show raises money for Children’s Dream Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses.

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Sports Flash: Bolts at Bat; Rays’ Moore expected to return

Published:   |   Updated: June 24, 2015 at 05:38 PM
TBO.com staff

In today’s Sports Flash:

♦ A few Tampa Bay Lightning players took a swing at batting practice yesterday night before the Rays took on the Blue Jays.

♦ Rays’ Chris Archer limited Toronto to only three hits and one earned run in eight innings en route to a 4-3 victory.

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Ramirez update and lineups @ Indians

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By Roger Mooney

CLEVELAND -- RHP Erasmo Ramirez said he still has discomfort in his right groin, which he strained in Saturday’s 4-1 victory against the Indians, but added he won’t know the severity of the injury until Tuesday when he throws his bullpen.

Manager Kevin Cash said the team will wait until then to decide on what to do with the rotation for next weekend’s series with the Red Sox.

If Ramirez is fine, he could make his normal start. If they feel he needs a few more days of rest and treatment, the Rays could take advantage of Thursday’s off day and skip his start and push him to the end of the rotation.

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Geltz getting start and lineups @ Nats

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By Roger Mooney

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Rays changed starting pitchers for tonight, announcing just before 2 p.m. that RHP Steve Geltz will get the nod. RHP Matt Andriese, the scheduled starter, is expected to pitch tonight as the Rays open this brief two-game series at Nationals Park with a bullpen game.

Geltz started the fourth game of the season at Miami, when the Rays used a similar approach. The only difference that night was RHP Erasmo Ramirez was the first arm out of the bullpen.

With no DH, the Rays have an extra position player on the bench, which gives them another pinch-hitter. The idea behind Geltz starting to is to get two innings out of him before going to the bullpen and using a pinch-hitter every time the pitcher’s spot comes up in the order. Of course, they can make double-switches to move the pitcher’s spot up and down the order, but that is harder with just the four position players.

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Wilson DFA’s in flurry of postgame moves

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By Roger Mooney

ST. PETERSBURG -- C Bobby Wilson was designated for assignment after Thursday’s 6-2 loss to the Angels when his roster spot was needed to help replenish an bullpen that needs a few fresh arms and a rotation that needs a starter for tonight.

The Rays recalled RHP Matt Andriese to start tonight against the visiting White Sox.

They also recalled LHP C.J. Riefenhauser and RHP Enny Romero because RHP’s Kevin Jepsen and Brad Boxberger are unavailable for tonight’s game after pitching Wednesday and Thursday.

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Pregame notes and lineups for Rays v Angels

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By Roger Mooney

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Cash still has not announced a starting pitcher for Friday’s game against the visiting White Sox.

He said a lot will depend on how tonight’s game goes with RHP Alex Colome starting against the visiting Angels. A short outing for Colome could mean a multiple inning night for RHP Andrew Bellatti or RHP Preston Guilmet. If that happens, whoever pitches will be optioned back to Durham after the game and RHP Matt Andriese will likely be called up to start since Andriese is scheduled to pitch Friday for Durham.

If Colome gives them some length and Cash can get through the game without using Bellatti or Guilmet, then it’s a good chance one of those two will start Friday and the Rays will use a bullpen day.

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Updates on Jennings, Moore, Franklin at 1B and lineups for Rays v Angels

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By Roger Mooney

ST. PETERSBURG -- OF Desmond Jennings had arthroscopic surgery today in Vail, Colo., and Dr. Steven Singleton cleaned up the inflammation in the plica band that surrounds the left knee cap.

The inflammation caused the band to compress on the knee, which caused the pain when Jennings tried to straighten his leg.

The Rays do not yet have a timetable for Jennings’ return.

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Odo to DL, Jennings to get scoped, Longo sits again

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By Roger Mooney

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays placed RHP Jake Odorizzi on the 15-day disabled list today with a left oblique strain and recalled RHP Andrew Bellatti to take his spot on the roster.

Manager Kevin Cash said he does not know who will replace Odorizzi in the rotation, thought Durham Bulls RHP Matt Andriese is probably the best candidate.

Odorizzi is not sure how much time he will miss. He said he hopes to throw over the weekend. If his oblique has healed to the point where he can do that and if that throwing session goes well, then Odorizzi said he and the training staff can formulate a rehab schedule,

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