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.
RHP Nathan Karns, who has earned a spot in the rotation, will pitch in a minor league game Tuesday on the Rays off day.
PORT CHARLOTTE -- LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) is scheduled to threw off the mound today for the first time since March 6 when he first felt tightness in his shoulder while throwing a bullpen.
PORT CHARLOTTE -- Rays manager Kevin Cash said this morning that he’s not close to naming a new Opening Day starter now that RHP Alex Cobb is on the shelf with right forearm tendinitis.
PORT CHARLOTTE -- RHP Alex Colome returned to the team this morning after spending seven says in the hospital with pneumonia.
CLEARWATER -- INF Asdrubal Cabrera professed his desire to be the everyday shortstop this morning but said he will play where he’s told.
PORT CHARLOTTE -- Grant Balfour returned to the team this morning and the Rays will wear blue socks in honor of Grant’ father, David, who passed away Wednesday.
SARASOTA -- Rays manager Kevin Cash said this morning that RHP Alex Colome is in the hospital with pneumonia and is responding to medication.
SARASOTA -- Nathan Karns maks his third start of the spring today as he competes for a spot in the Rays rotation.
ST. PETERSBURG -- RHP Alex Cobb make his second start of the spring today when he faces the visiting Blue Jays at Charlotte Sports Park.
FORT MYERS -- The Rays head south on I-75 today to play the Twins, the only team they have defeated this spring.