TBO.com: Tampa Bay Online, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times - breaking news and weather.
Sunday, Mar 29, 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 @ BoSox: Smyly update and lineups

Published:
By Roger Mooney

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.

Click to continue reading this post

Cobb throws, expects to return in April

Published:
By Roger Mooney

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.

Click to continue reading this post

Rays v BoSox: Morning notes and lineups

Published:
By Roger Mooney

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.

Click to continue reading this post

Rays @ O’s: Lineups

Published:
By Roger Mooney

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.

Click to continue reading this post

Rays v NYY: Manfred talks stadium issue and lineups

Published:
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.

Click to continue reading this post

Rays v NYY: Manfred talks stadium issue and lineups

Published:
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.

Click to continue reading this post

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

Published:
By Roger Mooney

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.

Click to continue reading this post

Rays to retire Zim’s No. 66 on Opening Day

Published:
Reporter

Here is the team release on retiring Don Zimmer’s number on Opening Day ...

The Tampa Bay Rays will retire uniform No. 66 in honor of the team’s longtime senior advisor Don Zimmer in a pregame ceremony at Tropicana Field on Monday, April 6 when the Rays open the season against the Baltimore Orioles.

“Don Zimmer enriched the lives of everyone in the Rays family, and he played a significant part in the growth of our organization,” said Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg. “Zim’s presence has been a gift to the game of baseball, and his influence will be felt for years to come.

Click to continue reading this post

Rays v Pirates: Cabrera the SS, notes and lineups

Published:
By Roger Mooney

PORT CHARLOTTE -- Rays manager Kevin Cash named Asdrubal Cabrera as the shortstop this morning.

“It just makes the most sense right now,” Cash said.

Cabrera signed a one-year, $7.5 million contract in the offseason. There is talk that his range at shortstop has declined and that he is better suited for second base. But Cash, who was with Cabrera that past two seasons in Cleveland, feels Cabrera is still making the plays.

Click to continue reading this post

Rays @ Jays: News on rotation and lineup

Published:
By Roger Mooney

RHP Nathan Karns, who has earned a spot in the rotation, will pitch in a minor league game Tuesday on the Rays off day.

Manager Kevin Cash has not named an Opening Day starter but RHPs Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi will pitch in minor league games on Saturday while Karns returns on short rest to pitch in the big league game that day.

Having Archer miss the game with the Red Sox is not news because teams normally send the starters to minor league games rather than face divisions foes this late in the spring.

Click to continue reading this post