Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:54:06 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays RP Joel Peralta (illness) is still sick and may not be available in the team's game Sunday, April 13, according to manager Joe Maddon.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:14:36 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SPs Jake Odorizzi, Erik Bedard and Cesar Ramos all pitched Monday, March 10, as they fight for the fifth spot in the rotation. In his first start of the spring, Odorizzi lasted 2 1/3 innings; he allowed two hits and one walk, also hitting a batter and striking out one. He's still working on the splitter-changeup he has dubbed "The Thing." Bedard, cultivating a changeup of his own, yielded three runs on five hits in three frames. Ramos gave up five hits and two runs in 4 1/3 frames. Manager Joe Maddon said spring training results will not dictate his selection for the fifth starter.
Fantasy Tip: Odorizzi stands as the favorite and is most worth a deep-mixed speculation, but this could be a mix-and-match situation until Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) returns, and even afterward.
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 07:16:05 -0800
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said OF David DeJesus (side) is dealing with soreness in his right side, and it is not a major issue.
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 09:55:40 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon confirmed that RP Cesar Ramos is being considered for the No. 5 starters job in the rotation.
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:53:05 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said he would like to OF Desmond Jennings in the leadoff spot this year, but he could share time with OF David DeJesus at the top of the lineup.
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:51:54 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said he thinks his team can win the American League East in 2014. "We definitely can win our division this year."
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:55:33 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said the team will not name a closer until Spring Training, if then. Maddon said there are several candidates.
Mon, 01 Jul 2013 17:41:46 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said he does not believe the setback suffered by RP Brandon Gomes (lat) is serious. Gomes is expected to work out this week.
Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:06:24 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said 3B Evan Longoria (foot) is a day-to-day situation. Maddon said Longoria may be available to pinch hit Monday, July 1.
Fantasy Tip: Even if Longoria is available to pinch hit, it is wise to keep him on the bench until he can get back in the starting lineup, which does not appear to be far off.
Tue, 05 Mar 2013 00:38:03 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays RP Jake McGee's velocity has been down this spring, yet neither he nor manager Joe Maddon is concerned. The lack of pop is attributed to McGee holding back on his fastball and throwing more sliders. "I'm kind of breaking it in. I don't usually see how hard I'm throwing in spring training. It's more feel," McGee said. "I threw my slider or cutter a lot more than I would in the season."