News: Myers started in both games of the Rays' doubleheader against the Red Sox on Tuesday, going a combined 1-for-7 with two Ks.
Impact: It's hard to make a case for calling up Myers and not playing him almost every day, especially with Luke Scott seeing regular at-bats, so we should see plenty more of what the top prospect has to offer in the coming weeks.
News: Odorizzi returned to Triple-A Durham after starting the second game of the Rays' doubleheader against the Red Sox on Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Odorizzi was called up to take Alex Cobb's (concussion) spot on the active roster. He pitched well, allowing just one earned run in 5.2 innings, but received a no-decision.
News: Price (triceps) threw a bullpen session in Port Charlotte on Tuesday and felt "great," the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Price has not pitched since May 15 after straining his triceps. He's recently thrown simulated games and bullpen sessions, and he could be ready for rehab assignments as early as later this week.
News: Archer took the loss in a rain-delayed Game 1 of a doubleheader on Tuesday against the Red Sox. He pitched 4.2 innings allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and five walks and added five strikeouts.
Impact: Archer was still pitching and was facing the bases loaded when rain delayed the game for nearly three hours in the fifth inning and he did not return after the delay. He likely would have been pulled shortly in the jam as he already had thrown 109 pitches to that point and Josh Lueke made the out to avoid further damage. Archer has had a tough time throwing deep into games since he has been called up throwing only one outing longer than five innings. With David Price and Alex Cobb out for a little while still, Archer still should be in the rotation temporarily. If the Rays' rotation schedule remains in order, Archer would make his next start on Sunday against the Yankees on the road.
News: Loney is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the doubleheader against the Red Sox, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Loney will have his first start off since May 3 for the nightcap against the Red Sox. With lefty Felix Doubront on the mound, Sean Rodriguez will take the start at first base for the Rays. Loney went 0-for-3 with a walk in Game 1 and is hitless in his last five games, so this is a well-timed game off for the Rays' first baseman.
News: Joyce is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the Rays' doubleheader against the Red Sox on Tuesday, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: The hot-hitting Joyce will have a game off after 21 straight starts for the Rays. He went 1-for-4 with a double in Game 1 of the twin bill and he started in left field with Wil Myers taking the start in right field. The Red Sox are throwing southpaw starter Felix Doubront in the nightcap so Joyce will take a seat and Kelly Johnson will take over in left field.
News: Cobb (head) does not have a timetable for his potential return to the Rays' rotation, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Manager Joe Maddon recently chatted with Cobb, but he was noncommittal regarding whether the pitcher would be able to play again this season. The news is worrisome, but considering the murky nature of concussions, every safeguard will be taken to ensure he's past his symptoms before taking the mound. Consider him out indefinitely.
News: Longoria stated that his foot has improved, but he expects to be the Rays' DH during Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader in Boston, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Longoria is playing his typical third base in the first game of the day, but the additional strain with two outings on the docket will force him to just a hitting role in the nightcap. A minor bout with plantar fasciitis held him to DH duties in the Rays' previous four tilts, but an 0-for-2 performance Sunday nonetheless stopped an eight-game hitting streak.
News: Myers will make his MLB debut in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader at Boston, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: As expected, Myers will start in right field and bat sixth in the order, despite reports that he would slot in at a lower spot. Considering the flexibility afforded manager Joe Maddon with Ben Zobrist, Matt Joyce, and Kelly Johnson at his disposal, Myers will likely be able to play nearly every day. In any case, the 2012 Minor League Player of the Year may be in the majors to stay, as long as his success at the plate translates to the highest level of baseball.
News: Hernandez surrendered four runs on nine hits and one walk, while tallying a measly two strikeouts across 5.2 innings, as Tampa Bay was handled by Kansas City on Sunday.
Impact: With two outs in the sixth inning, Hernandez was removed after 89 pitches (59 strikes) and runners on first and second. A run promptly crossed the plate on an RBI single, marking the fourth time in his last six starts that he gave up four or more runs. He may have a difficult time turning around his fortunes in his upcoming nod, Friday at Yankee Stadium, where he's 1-2 with a 7.88 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, and 6:10 K:BB ratio in his last three appearances (16 innings).
News: Myers is expected to play mostly in right field and start out hitting lower in the batting order for the Rays, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: The main emphasis for Myers is that he will see regular playing time for the Rays right away. The Rays have many versatile players that play all over the lineup and it would work well to have Ben Zobrist at second base, Myers in right, and Matt Joyce in left field against right-handers. The team plans to let him adjust to the pitching by having him hit lower in the order to start out. He also could play some in left field and DH if needed to. He will definitely look to provide a boost for the Rays in the race for the AL East.
News: Gomes (back) will throw two more bullpen sessions before heading out on a brief rehab assignment, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Gomes threw a successful bullpen session on Sunday and seems that his recovery is going well enough to return quickly. With two more bullpen sessions and a short rehab assignment in the plans, he could be back with the Rays in a week or so if he does not have any setbacks.
News: Odorizzi will start the second game of Tampa's doubleheader with Boston on Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Odorizzi will be called up to take Alex Cobb's start after Cobb was placed on the DL with a mild concussion. Chances are Odorizzi's stay in the bigs won't be long-lasting, however, as the Rays will most likely fill Cobb's spot in the rotation with Alex Colome if Cobb is sidelined for an extended period. Chris Archer will start the first game Tuesday.
News: Cobb (head) was released from the hospital Sunday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: The right-hander is now on his way home after being released from the hospital. Earlier Sunday, Cobb was placed on the 7-day concussion DL, meaning he'll definitely miss one start, and it's uncertain when he may pitch again.
News: Odorizzi may start in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader in Boston, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: The Rays have a decision to make with Tuesday's opening in the rotation after Alex Cobb was placed on the 7-day DL on Sunday due to a mild concussion. If Cobb requires more time on the pine, Odorizzi will likely be optioned back to Durham, with Alex Colome taking Cobb's spot. In three unremarkable outings (two starts) with the Rays in 2013, Odorizzi has put up an 8.03 ERA, 1.703 WHIP, and 12:4 K:BB ratio in 12.1 innings.
Ryan Roberts - #19 - Second Base - 5'11" - 186lbs
News: Roberts was optioned to Triple-A Durham following Sunday's game, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Roberts was shipped out with top prospect Wil Myers receiving his long-awaited call to the big leagues. Though he had been in the mix for starting duty more frequently early in the season, his .238/.294/349 batting line resulted in his placement on the bench for the past five games.
News: Myers' contract was purchased from Triple-A Durham on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: In a move that many have been waiting for, Myers is set to make his major league debut in either game of Tuesday's doubleheader and figures to see regular duty in the outfield. Myers has followed up last year's 2012 Minor League Player of the Year campaign with only slightly less impressive numbers, boasting excellent power and a good batting eye at the plate. His addition could be exactly what the Rays need to make a run at the AL East crown.
Sun. June 16, 2013 | STATS
News: Scott hit a two-run homer in Saturday's 5-3 win over Kansas City.
Impact: Scott is 5 for 6 in the last three games.
Sun. June 16, 2013 | STATS
News: Cobb is expected to be released from the hospital one day after he was hit in the right ear by a line drive.
Impact: The Rays announced the news before Sunday's game with the Royals. The pitcher will likely be discharged from the hospital Sunday afternoon. The team says he'll be placed on the 7-day concussion list.
News: Gomes (back) threw a successful bullpen session Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: In all likelihood, Gomes will have to complete another session or two before he's advanced to facing live batting practice. The Rays have yet to determine whether or not Gomes will need to go out on a rehab assignment.
Juan Oviedo - #46 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 190lbs
News: Oviedo (elbow) threw a successful bullpen session Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: It's the first of what figures to be several bullpen sessions for Oviedo. He's not expected to return until the second half of the season.
News: Hellickson will make his next start Wednesday against the Red Sox, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Hellickson will pitch on five days' rest after he was rocked for eight runs over 5.2 innings Wednesday against the Royals. Some regression was expected from Hellickson after he posted xFIP figures that were more than 1.5 runs above his actual ERA the past two seasons, but few expected his overall numbers in 2013 (4-3, 5.67 ERA) to be quite this disastrous.
Josh Lueke - #52 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 235lbs
News: Lueke will be recalled prior to Sunday's game against the Royals, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Alex Cobb's placement on the 7-day concussion DL opened up a spot on the roster, and Lueke was given the call to help out in the bullpen for now. Lueke posted a 3.72 ERA with an 11:8 K:BB in nine appearances for the Rays earlier this season.
News: Cobb (head) will be placed on the 7-day concussion DL on Sunday after he was hit be a line drive Saturday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: While it was widely assumed after Saturday's incident, Cobb will now definitely miss at least one start while on the 7-day DL. He's expected to be released from the hospital Sunday following his diagnosis of a mild concussion, but it's uncertain how long he may need to recover. Josh Lueke will be up to help out in the bullpen for the time being.
News: Price (triceps) is scheduled to play catch Sunday and Monday before throwing a bullpen session Tuesday, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Price appears to be building his strength back up, as he threw a bullpen and a simulated game earlier this week, and he's set to play catch Sunday. He will then increase his distance Monday and follow that up with another bullpen Tuesday, and while the team has not yet scheduled a rehab start, it sounds like Price could be sent out for one if his session Tuesday goes smoothly.
News: Archer will start one of the two games scheduled against the Red Sox on Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: The Rays haven't formally specified which game of the doubleheader Archer will pitch, but it looks like he is locked in for one of the starting nods with the other still up in the air. Archer had been expected to lose his rotation spot once David Price returns from the DL, but could have some more security if it turns out that Alex Cobb is forced to miss extended time after taking a vicious liner to the head during his start Saturday.
News: Cobb (head) is expected to be released from the hospital Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Cobb is resting comfortably following the scary shot to the head he took on an Eric Hosmer liner during Saturday's start against the Royals. Although he was diagnosed with a mild concussion, he figures to at the very least be subjected to a stay on the 7-day DL and appears unlikely to make his next turn in the rotation.
News: Rodney tossed a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Royals to earn save No. 14 on the season.
Impact: Rodney gave up a hit and a walk to make things interesting, but he also recorded a strikeout and was able to get out of the trouble he created. His prior two appearances were a struggle, when he allowed four earned runs over 2.2 innings, but Saturday's converted save could help him get back on track. His ERA on the season now sits at 5.22 to go along with 37 strikeouts and 23 walks.
Sat. June 15, 2013 | STATS
News: Cobb was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was hit on the right ear by a liner off the bat of Kansas City's Eric Hosmer in the fifth inning of Saturday's game.
Impact: The Rays announced that Cobb remained conscious the whole time and was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg for further examination. Team spokesman Rick Vaughn said all tests were normal and that Cobb suffered a mild concussion.
News: Cobb was diagnosed with a mild concussion after being struck in the head with a line drive Saturday, yet all tests were normal, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: In what was a scary scene, Cobb was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City's Eric Hosmer and had to be wheeled off the field on a stretcher. Fortunately, Cobb remained conscious the entire time, and he reportedly checked out normally at the hospital. Still, a concussion is a concussion, and while nothing's official, it wouldn't be a major surprise if Cobb ends up being placed on the disabled list.
News: Cobb did not lose consciousness after he was struck in the head on a line drive Saturday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Following his removal from the field via a stretcher, Cobb was taken to a hospital in the Tampa Bay area. He didn't make the customary thumbs up sign to the crowd that occasionally follows a head injury in sports, but that's not to imply its severity. Consider him day-to-day for now, until the true nature of the ailment is revealed.
News: Cobb was hit in the head on a line drive in the top of the fifth inning during Saturday's game against the Royals, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impact: After taking the hit off the bat of Eric Hosmer, Cobb laid on the mound for several minutes before he was wheeled off the field on a stretcher. There is no word on the severity of the injury, but it's safe to say Cobb will miss a start or two as a result.
News: Longoria (foot) is back in the Rays' lineup Saturday against the Royals, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Longoria is currently experiencing some plantar fasciitis symptoms in his right foot. Consequently, manager Joe Maddon expects Longoria to act as the team's DH on Sunday as well, after which he'll play third base in one game of Tuesday's doubleheader in Boston. In any case, Longoria is not expected to miss any time with the injury, at least at the moment.
News: Joyce went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, one RBI and a run scored against the Royals on Friday.
Impact: Joyce has now hit safely in six straight games and is batting .417 (10-for-24) with three home runs, three walks, four RBI, four runs scored and a stolen base in that span. He's also making a strong case for himself to continue batting from the leadoff position, as he has posted a .315/.383/.593 slash line in 54 at-bats from the top of the order this year.
News: Moore gave up five runs on seven hits and four walks with four strikeouts over 5.1 innings against the Royals on Friday.
Impact: Moore labored through yet another poor outing and struggled with his command for most of the night, throwing 100 pitches (59 strikes) before he was pulled with one out in the sixth inning. He has now allowed a total of 19 runs over his last three starts (12.1 innings) and has given up 26 hits and 11 walks with just 11 strikeouts over that span. He'll look to end his three-game losing streak when he faces the Red Sox next week. Earlier in the season, he held Boston to three runs with eight strikeouts over six innings.
News: Longoria was the Rays' designated hitter Friday for the second straight game Friday night due to a sore right foot. Manager Joe Maddon said the third baseman could be limited to DH through a weekend home series with Kansas City.
Impact: Longoria says he has been bothered by plantar fasciitis for probably the past two weeks.
News: Hellickson lost for the first time since April 25, giving up eight runs and 10 hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 10-1 loss to Kansas City on Thursday.
Impact: Hellickson was 3-0 with a 5.73 ERA over his previous eight starts.
News: Joyce continued his recent surge with two hits in a 10-1 loss to Kansas City on Thursday.
Impact: Joyce is 8 for 20 with two homers and three RBIs over his last five games.
Fri. June 14, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Longoria is dealing with some plantar fasciitis in his right foot and may be restricted to designated hitting duties during this weekend's series against Kansas City, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.
Impact: Longoria is in the lineup Friday and it sounds like the Rays are hoping the plantar fasciitis will subside if he doesn't have to play the field for a few days. Given his injury history and prominent status, this looks like a situation worth monitoring if Longoria is on your fantasy team. The good news is that manager Joe Maddon doesn't seem to be too worried about his star third baseman.
News: Johnson will make his first career start at third base Thursday against the Royals, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: The Rays have been innovative in their use of Johnson, deploying him primarily in left field on most nights to allow the sure-handed Ben Zobrist to man the more critical second base position. Johnson doesn't figure to gain eligibility at third base by making further starts, as it looks like manager Joe Maddon is just giving regular third baseman Evan Longoria a day off from the field.
News: Scott is not in the lineup Thursday against the Royals, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: With manager Joe Maddon looking to give Evan Longoria a day off in the field, Scott will surrender his typical DH duty Thursday. Scott is batting just 4-for-37 (.108) in June thus far.
News: Hellickson was tagged for eight run and 10 hits over 5.2 innings to take the loss against Kansas City on Thursday.
Impact: Hellickson looked awesome through the first five innings before completely falling apart in the sixth frame. He was ultimately chased from the game after surrendering a three-run homer to light-hitting Elliot Johnson. It's a disappointing outing, to say the least, given how well Hellickson pitched in his last start when he tossed six scoreless innings against Baltimore. Hellickson actually has increased his strikeout rate from last year (6.93 K/9 compared to 6.31) while decreasing his walk rate (1.99 BB/9 compared to 3.00), but the results haven't been there this season, as he's got an ugly 5.67 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 85.2 innings.
News: Cobb (personal) was reinstated from the bereavement list following Thursday's game against the Royals, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Cobb was only on the bereavement list for the three-day minimum and as a result the Rays sent Jake Odorizzi back to Triple-A to make room on the roster. Cobb is expected to make his scheduled start on Saturday against the Royals. He last started against Kansas City on April 30 when he took the loss in 5.2 innings and allowed four runs on 10 hits.
News: Odorizzi was optioned back to Triple-A Durham on Thursday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: The Rays reinstated Alex Cobb from the bereavement list after the minimum three days and Odorizzi will head back to starting at Triple-A. He pitched 3.1 innings in relief on Thursday against the Royals and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four. He took over a game that was well out of hand and still totaled 68 pitches in the outing. Odorizzi is still a top prospect for the Rays and will be available to return in long relief or the rotation later in the season, if needed.
News: Price (triceps) said he felt great while tossing a simulated game Thursday, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.
Impact: This is obviously a good sign, so Price likely remains on track to return towards the end of June or beginning of July. He could make for a nice buy-low candidate if other owners are scared off by the 5.24 ERA he produced in nine starts before hitting the disabled list.
News: Joyce homered for the second straight game and went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base on Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Impact: Joyce went deep to right off Red Sox starter Jon Lester in the fifth inning, chasing him from the game. It is notable that Joyce made the start as the DH on Tuesday and hit ninth despite a lefty starter on the mound. He is putting together a career year even being in a platoon this season as he now has 12 home runs and six stolen bases on the season. If he starts seeing more regular starts against lefties, that further increases his value, though his strong numbers all around have value alone.
News: Jennings launched two home runs and finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored on Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Impact: This game marked the third multi-homer game of Jennings' career and first of 2013. Notably it was the first game starting in the leadoff spot for Jennings on Tuesday since May 26. Since the game he was dropped in the batting order, Jennings has responded admirably over 14 games with a .333/.397/.608 line over 51 at-bats. He may move spots in the batting order occasionally depending on matchups but he is one of the few Rays' position players that will always be in the same spot in the field in center field.
News: Archer lasted just four innings Wednesday, as he gave up two earned runs on four his, but walked four, and had seven strikeouts.
Impact: It was an odd outing for Archer as he needed 103 pitches to get through just four innings. He needs to be more economical if he's going to have success at this level obviously, and after pitching seven innings against Baltimore in his last start, we were hoping for a different outing tonight. It remains to be seen when he'll get another crack at a start.
Wed. June 12, 2013 | STATS
News: Jennings homered twice in Tuesday's 8-3 win over Boston.
Impact: Jennings is 5 for 12 in the last two games.
Wed. June 12, 2013 | STATS
News: Joyce hit one of three homers off Jon Lester to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox 8-3 on Tuesday night.
Impact: Joyce is 5 for 13 with two homers in the last three games.
News: Hernandez moved to 4-6 on the season on Tuesday against the Red Sox after he tossed seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Impact: Hernandez threw to two batters in the eighth inning before being lifted in line for the win and finished with 122 pitches in the game, a season-high. He has been up and down this season with a season ERA of 4.91 and will have to continue pitching well to hold his rotation spot from prospects Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi. He is scheduled to take the mound next on Sunday against the Royals to cap off a 10-game homestand for the Rays.
News: Cobb was placed on the bereavement list by the Rays on Tuesday due to the death of a family member, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Cobb will not be able to pitch for three games with the placement on the bereavement list but it should not affect his status for his next start which is scheduled for Saturday against the Royals. Jake Odorizzi was called up on Tuesday to provide the Rays with an extra arm that can throw multiple innings out of the bullpen.
News: Price (triceps) will throw his first simulated game Thursday, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: It was originally reported that he would throw the simulated game Saturday, but Rays manager Joe Maddon liked what he saw in Monday's bullpen session enough to move up the timeline. This keeps Price on pace to be back in the rotation by late June or early July.
Kyle Farnsworth - #43 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 233lbs
News: Farnsworth (arm) played catch before Tuesday's game and was available to pitch, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: After leaving Monday's game with right elbow soreness, it sounds like he will avoid a DL stint and should be back on the mound any day now.
News: Cobb was placed on the bereavement/family medical emergency list Tuesday.
Impact: Cobb is 6-2 with a 2.95 ERA after allowing six runs in four innings of Monday's 10-8, 14-inning loss to Boston.
News: Manager Joe Maddon expects Cobb (personal) to make his scheduled start on Saturday against the Royals, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Cobb was placed on the bereavement list on Tuesday due to a death in the family. He will have to miss a minimum of three games but it looks like he will have no issue making his next start.
News: Odorizzi was officially recalled from Triple-A Durham by the Rays on Tuesday.
Impact: Odorizzi may only be up temporarily with the Rays placing Alex Cobb on the bereavement list on Tuesday. The Rays need an extra arm with the team throwing 14 innings on Monday and Odorizzi can throw multiple innings out of the bullpen if needed. Something that could extend his stay is if Kyle Farnsworth will need to head to the DL later in the week.
News: Scott is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Scott will have the day off on Tuesday with the Red Sox throwing lefty Jon Lester on the mound. The hot-hitting Matt Joyce will stay in the lineup at DH instead for the game. Scott is also in a slump at the plate over his last 10 games, collecting just four hits in 36 at-bats.
News: Johnson is not in the lineup on Tuesday against the Red Sox, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Impact: Johnson has been in a slump at the plate over his last nine games which could be partly due to back issues that have bothered him recently. He has hit .083 with 12 strikeouts in 36 at-bats over that stretch. The Red Sox have lefty Jon Lester on the mound so the Rays will play a better matchup with Ryan Roberts at second base and Sean Rodriguez in left field to give Johnson a day off.
News: Zobrist had five hits Monday in a 10-8, 14-inning loss to Boston.
Impact: Zobrist has hit safely in seven straight and driven in a run in each of the last three.
News: Cobb lasted four innings, allowing six runs and seven hits Monday in a 10-8, 14-inning loss to Boston.
Impact: Cobb's outing (four innings) was his shortest of the season.
News: Odorizzi is expected to be called up from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Odorizzi was scheduled to start for Triple-A Durham on Tuesday but instead may be heading to Tampa to provide the bullpen with an extra arm. The Rays played 14 innings on Monday against the Red Sox and with Kyle Farnsworth possibly heading to the DL, they need a short-term arm that can log multiple innings in relief.
News: Zobrist went 5-for-7 with two doubles, one RBI and one run scored Monday against the Red Sox.
Impact: Zobrist is currently on a seven-game hitting streak that has seen his average increase from .246 to .274. He has also been extremely productive this season with 36 RBI. Take into consideration that he is also eligible to play multiple positions in most leagues and he is a valuable fantasy asset.
News: Cobb did not record a decision Monday against the Red Sox as he pitched four innings and allowed six runs, seven hits and three walks to go along with four strikeouts.
Impact: Monday marked Cobb's shortest start of the season and also his season high for runs allowed in a start. He has been great for the Rays and was facing a tough Red Sox lineup Monday, so don't read too much into this poor outing.
Kyle Farnsworth - #43 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 233lbs
News: Farnsworth left Monday's game against the Red Sox with right arm soreness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: After recording the final out of the 11th inning Monday, Farnsworth exited with what's being called right arm soreness. The severity of the ailment is uncertain, but the team could opt to place him on the DL if they feel the need to add a fresh arm following Monday's extra-inning affair.
Mon. June 10, 2013 | STATS
News: Moore (8-2) allowed career highs of nine runs and 12 hits over five innings in Sunday's 10-7 loss to Baltimore.
Impact: The left-hander was coming off a subpar start last Tuesday in which he gave up six runs over two-plus inning in a 10-1 loss at Detroit.
News: Price will follow up Monday's bullpen session with another Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports. He will then work a simulated game Saturday, at which point he will embark upon a rehab assignment.
Impact: Price must have three rehab starts under his belt before rejoining the Rays' rotation, which places his eventual return around July 1, give or take a few days, barring a setback of course.
Cesar Ramos - #27 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 203lbs
News: Ramos threw three innings in relief on Sunday against the Orioles allowing one run on four hits and added four strikeouts.
Impact: Rays starter Matt Moore was hammered by the Orioles on Sunday and Ramos entered the game in mop-up duty and pitched relatively well. He has been working mostly in the middle relief role in games that are not too close. He did earn his first career save in an unorthodox three-inning outing against the Indians on May 31 but he will not see any typical save opportunities in the near future for the Rays.
Sam Fuld - #5 - Left Field - 5'10" - 175lbs
News: Fuld went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.
Impact: Fuld entered the middle of a blowout game and was able to knock his first home run in two seasons in the eighth inning off Orioles reliever Brian Matusz. Fuld has only seen three starts in the month of June and is hitting .193/.266/.277 on the season. With a crowded Rays outfield that plays matchups, Fuld is not a regular player currently.
News: Price (triceps) tossed approximately 45 pitches during a bullpen session Monday and appeared to emerge unscathed, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Price even mixed in some breaking balls, but it is unclear when he'll be cleared to begin a rehab assignment. However, he must complete three rehab starts before returning to the Rays' rotation, which is not expected to take place until late June or early July.
News: Moore suffered through perhaps the worst start of his career Sunday, yielding nine runs (eight earned) on 12 hits and one walk, while tallying six strikeouts across five innings, as Tampa Bay was handled by Baltimore.
Impact: Without the use of a long ball, the Orioles recorded at least two runs in each of the first three innings, while Adam Jones' solo homer in the fourth completed the scoring against Moore. Since a rain delay May 31 held him to just one inning pitched, Moore has been out of sorts, allowing 14 earned runs on 19 hits and seven walks over the last two games (seven innings). While the rose has wilted a bit, he has a friendly start on the horizon Friday versus Kansas City, who scored four runs over 7.1 innings on him in his sole career meeting.
News: Hellickson picked up his fourth win of the season on Saturday against the Orioles after throwing six shutout innings, only allowing four hits and adding five strikeouts.
Impact: Hellickson put together his best start in over a month and threw 96 pitches in the outing quickly working through the Orioles' batting order. He still carries a 5.17 ERA and is among the leaders in run support from the Rays' offense. He is scheduled to take his next start Thursday against the Royals.
News: Escobar had three hits and drove in a run in the Rays' 8-0 win over Baltimore on Saturday.
Impact: Escobar, now batting .253, is 19 for 52 (.365) with 10 RBIs in his last 15 games.
Jose Lobaton - #59 - Catcher - 6'0" - 195lbs
News: Lobaton had three hits and drove in a run in the Rays' 8-0 win over Baltimore on Saturday.
Impact: Lobaton, now batting .287, is 10 for 21 (.476) with four doubles and five RBIs in his last seven games.
News: Zobrist had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in a run in the Rays' 8-0 win over Baltimore on Saturday.
Impact: Zobrist, batting .258, has hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games.
News: Hellickson pitched six scoreless innings and six different Tampa Bay players drove in runs to lead the surging Rays to an 8-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.
Impact: Hellickson (4-2, 5.18 ERA) allowed four hits, walked none and struck out five while earning his third straight win and second in as many starts.
News: Gomes (back) will throw his first bullpen session by the week's end, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Gomes has been out since early May with a lat strain, but he has begun ramping up his workouts and has reported positive progress in his recovery. He's expected to return at some point in late June.
News: Scott is not in the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Manager Joe Maddon simply wanted to give Evan Longoria a day off in the field Sunday, so he'll slot in at DH while Scott assumes a bench role. Scott has seen his average fall precipitously of late after going 3-for-27 over his last eight starts.
Sat. June 8, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Myers is getting closer to being recalled by the Rays, and it could happen within the next 10 days, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com.
Impact: The highly-touted prospect added to his home run total with Triple-A Durham on Saturday with a pair of big flies. He's making it difficult for Tampa to keep him in the minors, but Myers may not have to wait much longer.
Sat. June 8, 2013 | STATS
News: Loney went 2 for 4 in Friday's 2-1 win over the O's.
Impact: Loney is 12th in the big leagues in OPS at .915 and has fared well for fantasy owners.
Sat. June 8, 2013 | STATS
News: Archer pitched seven strong innings for his first win in Friday's 2-1 win over the O's.
Impact: The 24-year-old right-hander spent the first two months of the season at Triple-A Durham and allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings of a 5-0 loss to Cleveland after being promoted to the majors last weekend. This time, he allowed one run and two hits.
Sat. June 8, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Price (triceps) will require three rehab starts, before returning to the Rays' rotation in late June or early July, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Price completed his first bullpen session Friday, accumulating 38 pitches in the process. He will continue to build up his pitch count as June rolls along.
News: Johnson (back) is in the starting lineup Friday against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Tightness in Johnson's back cost the 31-year-old two games, but he's set to return to the lineup Friday to face right-hander Jason Hammel. In 24 career at-bats against Hammel, Johnson has eight hits, including two homers and six RBI.
News: Rodney tossed a clean ninth inning with two strikeouts to pick up save No. 13 in the Rays' 2-1 win over Baltimore on Friday night.
Impact: Rodney followed Joel Peralta, who notched a scoreless eighth, to the mound, and that's just the way the Rays want it to go. Rodney really struggled for an extended stretch earlier, and there was considerable speculation that his closer's job was in jeopardy, but he has been considerably more effective recently, and should again be somewhat safely entrenched in the role.
News: Archer allowed just one run on two hits, walking two and striking out two over seven innings of a 2-1 win over Baltimore on Friday night.
Impact: Archer was making just his second start of the season for the Rays, and after being knocked around the first time out, he looked solid in this one. He is filling in for the injured David Price who is making progress toward his return, but Archer should get at least one more start - his next turn would be at home against Boston - and has the upside to be a factor in the Rays rotation long term if the opportunity presents itself. Tampa Bay is unlikely to rush him, but starter Roberto Hernandez is not the most promising option over the long term.
News: McGee (leg) will be available to pitch Friday against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: A ground ball off the bat of Miguel Cabrera hit McGee in the leg Thursday, forcing him to leave the game. Thankfully for McGee and the Rays, the left-hander only suffered a contusion and he's apparently ready to go just a day later.
News: Price (triceps) said he felt good after throwing a 38-pitch bullpen session Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Friday's bullpen was Price's first since landing on the DL, and he reportedly held up well during the session. The left-hander is now set to throw another bullpen Monday, and while he seems to be making progress, there's been talk recently that Price could be out through June and possibly into July.
News: McGee (leg) could be available to pitch on Friday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: McGee left Thursday's game after being hit in the shin by a line drive but by the end of the game thought he could go on Friday if needed. It might be a situation where the Rays avoid him working a heavy load the next few days but it appears to be a minor injury that shouldn't be worried about.
News: McGee left Thursday's game against the Tigers in the seventh inning with a left shin contusion and is considered day-to-day, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: McGee appeared to suffer the injury after he was struck by a hard grounder from Miguel Cabrera, allowing him to reach base on an infield single. He was replaced thereafter by Jamey Wright.
News: Zobrist went 1-for-2 with two walks and a steal, and scored both of the Rays' runs in Thursday's loss to Detroit.
Impact: On a day when almost the entire Rampa offense struggled against Max Scherzer and the Tiger bullpen, Zobrist and James Loney were the only ones who were able to do much with the bat. Other than Thursday, though, it's been a struggle for Zobrist, whose power and speed contributions have been sapped this year, as he has just three homers and four steals to go with an unimpressive .249 batting average.
News: Hernandez (3-6) struck out six over 5.1 innings, but allowed 10 hits and four runs (all earned) Thursday in a loss to the Tigers.
Impact: Hernandez was coming off an impressive near-complete game against Miami, but didn't do so well against a better opponent this time. He's fanning more hitters this year (56 strikeouts in 62.2 innings) than he ever has in the past, though he's still been too hittable.
Thu. June 6, 2013 | STATS
News: Cobb was superb but didn't factor in the decision of Wednesday's 3-0 win at Detroit.
Impact: The right-hander struck out seven over 7 2-3 scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 2.39. He'll get the Red Sox next on Monday.
News: Price (triceps) is still expected to be out until at least late June, the Tampa Bay Times reports. "If it turned into early July, it wouldn't be a shocker," Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey said.
Impact: Price is slated for his first bullpen session Friday, but will need three or more bullpens, a simulated game and a few minor-league rehab outings before returning to the rotation. That gives a rough schedule to follow; we'll have to see if he can stick to it without any setbacks before we (or the Rays) know a specific date.
News: Johnson (back) is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Tigers, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Johnson was scratched from Wednesday's lineup with tightness in his back, and although he was hoping to play Thursday, he will get another day to rest instead. Ben Zobrist will get another start at second base Thursday in Johnson's place.
Wed. June 5, 2013 | STATS
News: Johnson is dealing back tightness.
Impact: It's unclear when Johnson will return.
News: Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Tigers on Wednesday to earn his 12th save of the season.
Impact: After a few meltdowns in a row, Rodney has responded by not allowing a run in his last six appearances. He's still on a shorter leash than usual, but it appears he's found his touch again.
News: Cobb (finger) looked fantastic Wednesday against Detroit, as he gave up just five hits over 7.2 scoreless innings. He struck out seven and walked three.
Impact: After being scratched from his last start due to an issue with a finger nail on his pitching hand, was dominant against Detroit. With David Price on the DL, both Cobb and Matt Moore have been pleasant surprises for the Rays so far in the first half of the year.
News: Johnson was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to back tightness, MLive.com reports.
Impact: Johnson will still be available off the bench as a pinch-hitter if needed, so at the moment, it seems as though the back injury is very minor. He'll look to get back in the lineup Thursday against the Tigers.
News: Johnson, who was initially listed as the starter in left field and batting third, was apparently a last-second scratch from Wednesday's lineup, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Johnson's absence in the lineup wasn't apparent until Matt Joyce was on-deck in what was initially listed as Johnson's spot in the batting order. The Rays should provide word soon on why he was scratched from the lineup.
Wed. June 5, 2013 | STATS
News: The Detroit Tigers handed Matt Moore his first loss of the year with a 10-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Impact: Moore (8-1) got only six outs while allowing six runs, seven hits and six walks. He was pitching on three days' rest after his previous start in Cleveland was limited to one inning because of rain. Moore had allowed only 15 runs all season coming into the game.
News: Price (triceps) is slated to throw a bullpen session Friday, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: The session will mark Price's first since suffering a strained left triceps on May 15. Once he throws off the mound a few times, without a setback, he'll more than likely embark on a rehab assignment of some type. Nevertheless, he's approximately two weeks from returning to the Rays' rotation.
Tue. June 4, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Cobb said his finger is fully healed and he'll make his scheduled start Wednesday at Detroit, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: After making pain-free throws Monday, Cobb is slated to throw 10-to-15 pitches in a side session Tuesday but doesn't believe that his first start since May 26 will be an issue. In two career nods against the Tigers, he is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, and 10:4 K:BB ratio in 11 innings.
Tue. June 4, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Moore took his first loss of the season Tuesday in grand fashion, getting pummeled for six earned runs on seven hits and six walks in just two innings with one strikeout against the Tigers.
Impact: He was pitching on three days' rest after throwing just one inning in his last start because of rain. Unscientifically, it seems like opposing aces blow up in Detroit more often than any other destination in the American League, and Moore fell victim to the Tigers' deadly offense on Tuesday. Shockingly, Moore had already walked six batters previously in a game this season, on Apr. 10 at Texas. He also allowed four walks in back-to-back starts in early-May, one coming in Coors Field, as he naturally has a tendency to nibble when he's on the road in a hitter's park against a potent offense. Still, he's having an amazing season and should bounce back, despite throwing 86 pitches, most of which were of a high-stress nature, in his two frames Tuesday. He'll face another strong offensive bunch Sunday against the Orioles, but at least he'll be pitching at home.
News: Hellickson cruised in Sunday's 11-3 rout of the Tribe.
Impact: Hellickson picked up the victory, allowing three runs in five innings.
News: Joyce had two hits and scored twice in Sunday's 11-3 rout of the Tribe.
Impact: Joyce is hitting .340 over his last 16 games.
News: Escobar racked up good fantasy numbers in Sunday's 11-3 rout of the Tribe.
Impact: Escobar went 3 for 5 with a two-run jack for Tampa. He was 6 for 12 in the weekend series in Ohio.
News: Longoria put up good fantasy numbers in Sunday's 11-3 rout of the Tribe.
Impact: Longoria had a two-run homer and finished with three RBIs.
Sun. June 2, 2013 | STATS
News: Moore, who is tied for the American League lead in wins, will make his next start Tuesday against Detroit.
Impact: Moore (8-0) started Friday night against Cleveland but didn't return after pitching the first inning because of the game's third rain delay, which lasted 2 hours and 39 minutes. Rays manager Joe Maddon said Moore could have started Sunday but the Rays chose to stick with Jeremy Hellickson. Tampa Bay is off Monday and begins a three-game series in Detroit. Moore was originally scheduled to pitch the series finale Thursday but Maddon decided to move him up two days.
News: Moore had his start cut short due to rain Friday in a 9-2 win over the Tribe.
Impact: Moore threw one hitless inning and could return sooner than later.
News: Escobar had two hits and scored twice Friday in a 9-2 win over the Tribe.
Impact: Escobar is basically a fantasy non-entity.
News: Loney went 2 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs Friday in a 9-2 win over the Tribe.
Impact: 'J-Lo' continues to sizzle with a .923 OPS that has brought back memories of his first two seasons in LA when pitchers were unfamiliar with him.
News: The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled right-hander Chris Archer from Triple-A to start against the Cleveland Indians.
Impact: Archer was 5-3 with a 3.93 ERA in 10 starts at Durham. He was 1-3 with a 4.60 ERA in six appearances last season with Tampa Bay. Archer was selected by Cleveland in the fifth round of the 2006 draft and traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2008. The Rays acquired him from the Cubs in 2011.
Alex Colome - #37 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 185lbs
Fri. May 31, 2013 | STATS
News: Matt Joyce and James Loney homered to support pitcher Alex Colome in his major league debut Thursday night and helped send the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins, who lost their ninth straight.
Impact: Colome (1-0) allowed an unearned run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out seven as the Rays won their fifth straight.
Thu. May 30, 2013 | STATS
News: Hernandez finished one out shy of a complete game, instead allowing just an unearned run and three hits over 8 2-3 in Tampa Bay's 3-1 win at Miami on Wednesday.
Impact: It seems more likely that Hernandez's success Wednesday was more a result of facing Miami's lineup rather than because of his own stuff. He entered the game 2-5 with a 5.73 ERA.
Thu. May 30, 2013 | STATS
News: Jennings was 2 for 2 and walked in Tampa Bay's 3-1 win at Miami on Wednesday.
Impact: Jennings has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, batting .293 during that stretch.