Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:09:17 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jake Odorizzi (illness) will not make his scheduled start Tuesday, April 15. RP Brandon Gomes will start in his place.
Fantasy Tip: His flu-like symptoms apparently were too taxing for him to start on Tax Day. Gomes isn't a recommended fantasy play, especially for the possibility that Joe Maddon mixes and matches to fill innings tonight.
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:50:26 -0700
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays SP Jake Odorizzi (illness) experienced flu-like symptoms Monday, April 14, and he was sent back to the team hotel in Baltimore. He is tentatively scheduled to start Tuesday, April 15.
Fantasy Tip: If Odorizzi cannot make his scheduled start, Enny Romero is on standby ready to come up from Triple-A Durham. He was scratched Monday as a backup plan.
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:17:33 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays P Enny Romero was scratched from his start Monday, April 14, with Triple-A Durham in case he is needed with the big club. SP Jake Odorizzi (illness) is under the weather and uncertain for Tuesday, April 15.
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:38:27 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jake Odorizzi (illness) was sent home sick Monday, April 14.
Fantasy Tip: This could be bad news for Odorizzi's start this week if he's not at 100 percent. It may not be a bad time to bench him for this one, depending on how he bounces back.
Sat, 22 Mar 2014 14:10:10 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jake Odorizzi won the fifth starter spot in the rotation.
Fantasy Tip: Odorizzi has really good stuff and is a good chip to own in AL-only leagues. However, he may not stick around long if Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) returns in the near future. He's worth a flier in mixed leagues, but understand he has to be lights out to keep a spot, barring another injury.
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:10:55 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SP Erik Bedard said he will opt out of his contract and become a free agent if the doesn't break camp with the club. He has gone 2-1 with a 7.15 ERA in 11 1/3 innings this spring, and opponents are hitting .347 against him. Bedard is competing with SPs Cesar Ramos and Jake Odorizzi for the No. 5 starting spot. Manager Joe Maddon expects to make a decision on the fifth starter gig Saturday, March 22.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:12:06 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) made 25 throws at 45 to 60 feet Wednesday, March 12. He said he felt good and was encouraged by the results.
Fantasy Tip: Hell Boy probably won't surface in regulation game action until May, as Jake Odorizzi, Cesar Ramos and Erik Bedard battle it out to take his spot. Hellickson's recent performances, however, say he's not a lock to jump immediately back into the rotation.
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.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:55:33 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jake Odorizzi is working on a new split-fingered pitch that acts like a changeup with late downward movement. He struggled to control the pitch during his outing Monday, March 10. Odorizzi limited damage, though, as he remains firmly in competition with SPs Cesar Ramos, Erik Bedard and Nathan Karns for the final rotation spot. Manager Joe Maddon said the decision won't come down to spring statistics.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:44:39 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SPs Jake Odorizzi and Erik Bedard are both working on implementing new pitches this spring. Odorizzi is experimenting with a splitter/changeup, and Bedard is working on a changeup.