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Monday, May 25, 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.

Smyly talks about his decision to rehab injury and tonight’s lineups

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ST. PETERSBURG -- LHP Drew Smyly talked Thursday afternoon about his decision to rehab his torn labrum and not have surgery to repair the injury.

“I haven’t been advised to have surgery once this whole process,” Smyly said. “I think there’s been quite a few misleading articles have been written about me. I obviously have a shoulder problem. After talking with a few of the doctors that I’ve met with, we’ve decided to rehab it. Everyone seems very optimistic that that’s the route to take. It’s not choosing that over surgery. They act like surgery’s not even really an option right now.”

Smyly said he could return to the Rays by the end of July or early August.

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Optimism about Smyly returning this year

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ATLANTA -- The Rays remain hopeful that LHP Drew Smyly can return this season from the torn labrum that sent him back to the disabled list.

Manager Kevin Cash said before tonight’s game with the Braves at Turner Field that “We’re optimistic.”

Cash said Smyly will meet Thursday with the training staff when the team returns from this road trip to formulate a plan that will include rest and rehabilitation but not surgery.

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Smyly seeks 2nd opinion and lineups for NYY

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ST. PETERSBURG -- LHP Drew Smyly is headed to Texas where he will have the torn labrum in his left shoulder examined by Dr. Keith Meister of the Texas Rangers.

No decision on whether Smyly will opt for surgery, but that seemed to be the direction in which he’s heading.

“Obviously it’s a devastating blow,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Obviously we don’t know much more beyond other than the fact that we knew regardless of what happens, it’s going to take some time for him to get to where he needs to be to help us.”

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Smyly update, notes on McGee, Jaso and lineups v NYY

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ST. PETERSBURG -- LHP Drew Smyly had a second MRI today on his left shoulder and is seeking second opinions on the tear in his labrum.

The team does not expect a decision on whether or not Smyly will opt for surgery for a few days.

LHP Jake McGee (offseason elbow surgery) will pitch tonight at Triple A Durham. This is his fifth rehab appearance. Manager Kevin Cash said McGee should rejoin the team on the upcoming road trip. McGee might make another appearance at Durham, that one a four-out stint so he can experience warming up after resting between innings. Cash said making back-to-back outings is not a priority for McGee at this time.

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Smyly has tear in labrum

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ST. PETERSBURG -- LHP Drew Smyly will undergo a second MRI today on his left shoulder to get a second opinion on the first MRI taken last week that revealed a tear in the labrum.

There is a strong possibility Smyly is headed toward season-ending surgery, though team officials stressed Sunday that decision has yet to be made.

Smyly missed the Grapefruit League season and began the regular season on the diabled list with shoulder tendinitis. He returned to the DL on Saturday with what the team termed left shoulder tightness. In bewteen DL stints, Smyly made three starts and looked sharp in all three. In his last start at Boston, he allowed two hits and one run in six innings after holding the Red Sox hitless through five innings.

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Rays v Rangers: Lineups

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ST. PETERSBURG -- More lineup shuffling todaby by manager Kevin Cash as the Rays play the first of four games against the visiting Rangers at the Trop.

Steven Souza Jr., returns to the lineup after not starting Wednesday and has been dropped to sixth in the order. This will be the first time the rookie has not batted in the second spot.

Cash is keeping the hot-hitting Logan Forsythe in the No. 2 hole. Forsythe is batting .318/.360/.545 with two doubles, one home run and four RBI in his last seven games.

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Cobb has setback, lineups @ Boston

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BOSTON -- Manager Kevin Cash said RHP Alex Cobb (forearm tendinitis) has stopped his throwing and was examined by Dr. Koco Eaton.

Cobb was scheduled to throw his breaking pitches Sunday off flat ground but told the training staff his arm didn’t feel right.

Cash said the team will know more on the situation in a few days after Cobb has some time to rest the arm.

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Rays place Jennings on DL

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ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays placed OF Desmond Jennings on the 15-day DL on Sunday morning with left knee bursitis retroactive to April 26.

The team purchased the contract of OF Joey Butler from Durham and added him to the roster. Butler will make his Rays debut this afternoon against the Orioles as the DH.

Jennings had not played since April 26 after leaving the game the night before with soreness in his left knee. He was scheduled to be the DH on Saturday, but manager Kevin Cash scratched him from the lineup just before game time because he didn’t like the way Jennings looked while running in the outfield while warming up.

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Rays @ O’s: Lineups and notes

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ST. PETERSBURG -- OF Desmond Jennings is not in tonight’s lineup against the Orioles, making this the fifth game he’s missed since leaving Saturday’s game with stiffness in his left knee.

Jennings was supposed to have the knee examined Thursday during the Rays off day. With the Rays-O’s series moved to the Trop because of the rioting in Baltimore, it’s likely Jennings does not start any of the three games this weekend.

RHP Alex Colome has been activated from the disabled list and will make his first start of the season tonight.

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Some odds and ends for unsual ‘raod’ series for Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays and Orioles begin a three-game series tonight at Tropicana Field thatw as originally scheduled to be played in Baltimore but was moved south because of the unrest in that city.

Here are oddities concerning this unusual series from the Rays pregame notes ...

The Orioles will bat last in each game of this series.

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