ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Jake McGee is scheduled to pitch one inning tonight for Triple-A Durham and might then pack his bags for Minnesota and rejoin the Rays’ bullpen during the upcoming road trip, which begins Friday.
“A day off, see how he recovers and then start making some decisions,” manager Kevin Cash said before Tuesday’s game with the Yankees.
McGee, who had offseason elbow surgery, has made five one-inning appearances during his minor-league rehab assignment.
Cash said this month that the plan called for McGee to have one multiple-inning outing so he could experience warming up after sitting in the dugout for a half inning. But Cash said that is not the plan for tonight.
What is significant is that McGee pitched Monday, so this will mark the first time he will pitch with only one day of rest during his rehab.
Cash said Monday that McGee would not be required to make back-to-back appearances at Durham. That is something they can handle once he returns to the big club.
“We’ll kind of evaluate where we’re at (after tonight’s outing), so that’s great news,” Cash said. “It seems like he’s recovering like he would after a normal outing.”
SS Asdrubal Cabrera entered Tuesday’s game one hit shy of 1,000 for his career.
“When you start to play in the big leagues, you see 1,000 hits like way far. I’m really excited about that. You can see how good my career has been going,” Cabrera said.
RHP Nathan Karns faces the Yankees tonight after throwing 117 pitches Friday in his previous start.
Karns said that career-high workload shouldn’t have an impact tonight. He said his arm was rested that night because of a 66-pitch start in his previous outing.
“This is the big leagues,” Karns said. “So you have an extra gear up here. You can give 117 every now and then.”
The Rays have had their share of troubles on the bases of late, with Logan Forsythe and Steven Souza Jr. getting bad reads on fly balls that cost the Rays runs Sunday and Monday, and Souza getting picked off first base in the first inning Tuesday.
Cash pointed out that Souza made a heads-up play to get to second base Monday when he tagged on a fly ball to center field. But Souza went back to tag up at second on Forsythe’s drive into the gap and was tagged out at the plate.
“I think Souza would be the first to tell you the second it happens he wishes he could have done something differently,” Cash said. “If you end up staying at second base because (LF Brett) Gardner catches the ball, you’re most likely going to score on any hit.”
There was no word Tuesday on LHP Drew Smyly’s decision to have season-ending surgery on his torn labrum or try to rehab the injury so he can pitch again this season.
LHP C.J. Riefenhauser (shoulder inflammation) and RHP Kirby Yates (stained right pectoral) have begun throwing programs. INF Ryan Brett (left shoulder subluxation) is taking grounders and could begin his minor-league rehab next week.
Cash moved 3B Evan Longoria to the third spot in the order for the foreseeable future. That allows Cash to go righty-lefty-righty-lefty through the middle of the order with Longoria, James Loney, Forsythe and David DeJesus. ... Cash said he looked at the video of RHP Alex Colome’s start Monday and does not think Colome was tipping his pitches. “Unfortunately, there were a lot of pitches that caught a lot of the plate, a lot of white,” Cash said. “When you’re dealing with a veteran lineup, to their credit, they don’t miss them, and they definitely didn’t miss them (Monday) night.” ... Class A Charlotte INF Andrew Velazquez had surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured right hamate bone