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Tuesday, Mar 31, 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.

Rays release INF Casilla

Published:   |   Updated: March 31, 2015 at 01:10 PM
By Roger Mooney

PORT CHARLOTTE -- The Rays released INF, Alexi Casilla, who was a six-year minor league free agent and due $100,000 if he was still on the roster today.

Casilla could still re-sign with the Rays as a minor league free agent if he can’t land a job with another team.

Casilla hit .267 in 30 at-bats over 17 games. He played second base, third base and shortstop.

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Last day in Port Charlotte: Notes on rotation and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- Manager Kevin Cash still won’t name the order in which Jake Odorizzi and Nathan Karns will pitch during the season-opening series against the Orioles. Cash also won’t name the fourth starter.

This morning he explained why: “Depending on, obviously, our roster in here, but then you have to see what else is out there. If that were to come about you have to value the schedules that other guys have been on. That’s kind of the only reason for holding up.”

If the Rays were to acquire a starting pitcher later this week either in a trade of by picking up someone released by another club, that pitcher may slot into he second, third or fourth spot in the rotation based on their schedule this spring.

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Rays v O’s: Morning notes and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Wednesday and Saturday. After that he should be ready to begin his minor league rehab assignment.

The plan would be for Smyly to make at least five minor league starts, but manager Kevin Cash said that could be adjusted depending on need at the major league level. Cash said if they think there is a benefit of bringing Smyly back after he is stretched out to 75 pitches then the team might do that. Otherwise, Smyly will be stretched out to 105, just as he would had he been able to participate in spring training.

RHP Alex Cobb (forearm tendinitis) played catch today for the second time since he was cleared to resume throwing.

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Rays @ BoSox: Smyly update and lineups

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FORT MYERS -- LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) is scheduled to throw a bullpen this morning and said his next step is to face live hitters.

When asked how confident he is about returning to thee team in April, Smyly said, “Very hopeful I’ll be pitching in April for sure. Something would have to go wrong a step backwards for me not to be pitching in April.”

On the field, the Rays travel to JetBlue Park to play the Red Sox.

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Cobb throws, expects to return in April

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- Rays RHP Alex Cobb played catch Saturday for the first time since March 17 when he was shutdown with tendinitis in his right forearm after throwing three perfect innings against the Phillies on Clearwater.

“My arm is still tight, breaking stuff up in there and throwing,” Cobb said. “It’s not like I feel the way I did the day I got hurt. That’s why there’s a buildup process. You throw 30 pitches today, take a day off and see where you are from there. It’s exactly where I anticipated it being.”

Cobb said he expects to rejoin the Rays rotation some time in April, because he doesn’t believe he will need much time to get back to where he was when he was injured. At that time he was stretched out for three innings.

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Rays v BoSox: Morning notes and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- Rays RHP Alex Cobb (forearm tightness) was cleared to throw this morning and was scheduled to play catch with head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield.

The Rays placed RHP Alex Colome (pneumonia) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Friday.

The Rays top three starters are all in action today with Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi pitching in minor league games and Nathan Karns facing the Red Sox at Charlotte Sports Park.

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Rays @ O’s: Lineups

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SARASOTA -- The Rays are expecting a soggy afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium during this afternoon’s game against the Orioles.

There are conflicting forecasts, but one calls for heavy rain beginning at 2 p.m. Another suggests they should get the game in before the rains come.

The Rays are taking BP at Charlotte Sports Park. The bus is not scheduled to leave until 10:30. It normally leaves at 9:15.

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Rays v NYY: Manfred talks stadium issue and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the Rays stadium situation this morning after meeting with the Rays players and staff.

“I think the good news for fans in Tampa and St. Petersburg is (owner) Stuart (Sternberg) remains committed to the idea that the Rays should be here,” Manfred said. “I think that’s a great undertaking, great mindset for him. From our prospective, it is very difficult to get a new stadium done without cooperation, help, assistance from the local government. We’re hoping – we’re hoping – that Stuart gets that kind of help so that they can get a facility that can keep the Rays here and competitive for a long time.”

Sternberg met with reporters last week and said patience was running thin among team owners and league executives when it comes to the Rays stadium search.

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Rays v NYY: Manfred talks stadium issue and lineups

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By Roger Mooney

PORT CHARLOTTE -- Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the Rays stadium situation this morning after meeting with the Rays players and staff.

“I think the good news for fans in Tampa and St. Petersburg is (owner) Stuart (Sternberg) remains committed to the idea that the Rays should be here,” Manfred said. “I think that’s a great undertaking, great mindset for him. From our prospective, it is very difficult to get a new stadium done without cooperation, help, assistance from the local government. We’re hoping – we’re hoping – that Stuart gets that kind of help so that they can get a facility that can keep the Rays here and competitive for a long time.”

Sternberg met with reporters last week and said patience was running thin among team owners and league executives when it comes to the Rays stadium search.

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Rays @ Twins: Forsythe at 2B, updates on Cobb, Moore

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FORT MYERS -- Manager Kevin Cash said Logan Forsythe will get the bulk of playing time until Nick Franklin (oblique strain) returns to the lineup sometime in April.

Cash said Franklin is the “gray area” between missing 4 to 6 weeks and 6 to 8 weeks.

RHP Alex Cobb (forearm tightness) was examined Tuesday by team doctors. He said everything checked out well and he will resume throwing once the pain is gone. Cash said that could be as early as this weekend, though he said he wasn’t certain about that.

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