NEW YORK - The Tampa Bay Rays officially announced after Thursday's game that RHP Alex Colome will be called up from Triple-A Durham to take the spot of RHP Alex Cobb in the rotation and start Saturday against the New York Yankees.
This will be Colome's second stint with the Rays this season. He was called up in May to add depth to the bullpen but was given a start against the Marlins in Miami when an injury to the middle finger on Cobb's pitching hand forced the Rays to shuffle the rotation.
Colome did not allow an earned run in 5.2 innings of the Rays' 5-2 victory.
Manager Joe Maddon indicated this week that Colome would remain in the rotation for the foreseeable future.
Colome is 4-6 with a 3.07 ERA in 14 starts for the Bulls. He has 72 strikeouts and has allowed 63 hits in 70.1 innings.
Price pitches today in Bradenton
Colome could be keeping the spot warm for LHP David Price, who is scheduled to make his first minor-league rehab start tonight for Class A Charlotte against the host Bradenton Marauders.
Price had been on the disabled list since May 16 with a left triceps strain.
Thursday's game between the teams was rained out, meaning tonight will be a doubleheader that begins at 5 p.m. Price is scheduled to pitch the first game.
Cobb, on the seven-day concussion disabled list after being struck behind the right ear by a line drive Saturday against the Royals, returned to Tropicana Field on Thursday for the first time since suffering his injury.
Cobb did arm exercises and tweeted, "Never thought I'd have so much fun doing arm exercises! Nice to finally leave the house . The rehab process has begun!"
Cobb has some fluid behind his right ear and is having trouble with his balance.
Rays to sign first pick
Nick Ciuffo, the high school catcher taken by the Rays at No. 21 in the first round of the draft, is expected to sign today. He will receive a $1,974,700 signing bonus, which is the recommended bonus for that slot.
Ciuffo, who tweeted Thursday that he was in Tampa and eager to start playing, will begin his career at Port Charlotte with the Gulf Coast League Rays.
The Rays played the 2,500th game in team history Thursday.
Three people who were in uniform March 31, 1998, for the Devil Rays were at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
Davey Martinez, who played right field for the Rays and had the first hit in franchise history, is the Rays bench coach. Manager Larry Rothschild is the Yankees' pitching coach. Catcher John Flaherty works for the Yankees' TV broadcast crew.
"I lived in Clearwater, and to be part of a new organization that played close to home was great," Martinez said. "I got the first hit, so that was even better."
Who's the DH?
C Jose Molina walked into the clubhouse Thursday afternoon, saw Jose Lobaton's name on the lineup card and assumed he wasn't playing. It wasn't until he went to the trainer's room and heard some good ribbing about the designated hitter when he realized his teammates were talking about him.
"I went back and looked and saw my name," Molina said. "So here I am, DHing."
Molina was 5-for-7 during the three games in Boston. Those five hits came in five consecutive at-bats.
1B James Loney batted ninth Thursday, the result of a lineup that featured every right-handed hitter on the team against Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte. . Former Ray Reid Brignac started at shortstop for the Yankees. . RF Wil Myers had two RBIs on Wednesday to become the first Rays rookie with a multiple-RBI game at Fenway Park since Akinori Iwamura had three on Sept. 11, 2007.