Zimmer resting comfortably after surgery

The Rays announced that Don Zimmer was resting comfortably after 6+ hours of heart surgery on Wednesday. Zimmer, 83, is expected to remain hospitalized for a few days.

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Rays lose to Orioles 3-0

 The Rays wrapped up a rough road trip with a 3-0 loss to the Orioles on a chilly Wednesday afternoon.
   A first-pitch temp of 39 and an in-game high of 46 degrees didn't do anything to warm the Rays bats, which have produced just 14 runs in their last nine games.
      Manager Joe Maddon has been insisting the Rays have been playing well and not getting any breaks, and Wednesday's game certainly furthered his case.
   In the top of the fourth inning, the Rays got nothing out of promising opportunity with men on first and second with one out. David DeJesus laced a ball to right, but Baltimore's Nick Markakis raced in to make a diving catch, and then doubled James Loney off second.
  Then in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Orioles got two runs off Jake Odorizzi out of what didn't look like much, loading the bases on a walk, a single and a bunt by Adam Jones that caught Evan Longoria by surprise. They got one run on an out, a deep fly by Matt Wieters that Desmond Jennings caught near the wall, and the other on a slow roller by the mound that Odorizzi made a sliding play on
   They did it again in the fifth, loading the bases on two walks and a single, and scoring when Jones rolled a ball down the third that stopped just inside the chalk.
  Odorizzi worked five innings, allowing the three runs on five hits and three walks.

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For starters, Rays at Orioles, on a downright cold day

UPDATE, 11:52: There does appear to be a bit of a rivalry or something between Rays manager Joe Maddon and Orioles counterpart Buck Showalter, though both profess respect for the other.

On Tuesday, before the decision was made to postpone the game, despite obvious poor conditions that the Rays said made for an obvious call, Showalter said: "I think our guys are mature enough to understand there's a price to pay for doubleheaders, especially when they are put off until August.''

That comment was relayed Wednesday morning to Maddon, who pointed out that the Orioles would have been more receptive to a doubleheader Wednesday since they had Thursday off, while the Rays - who preferred the doubleheader be later in the year - have to play Thursday.

"We would have been much more mature had we had a day off tomorrow,'' Maddon said.

UPDATE, 11:42: The Rays, wisely, did most of their pre-game work indoors this morning, though the pitchers did go out to play catch. Massachusetts native RHP Brandon Gomes said the chilly temps weren't that bad. "Brisk,'' he said. "It'll be fine. Other than the ice chips on the field.'' …

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Video: Matt Moore on decision to have surgery

Rays LHP Matt Moore talks about his decision to have Tommy John elbow surgery, which will sideline him for 12-15 months.

 

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Rays game called off, makeup TBA

UPDATE, 6:15: The Rays will pitch Jake Odorizzi on Wednesday vs. the Orioles, and move LHP David Price back to Thursday's game vs. the Yankees. Maddon said they will sort out the rotation from there, with the possibility of splitting lefties LHP Erik Bedard and LHP Cesar Ramos by starting RHP Chris Archer on Saturday.

UPDATE, 5:51: There will not be a doubleheader on Wednesday. The makeup date will be announced in the future.

DEVELOPING: Tonight's Rays-Orioles game has been called off due to the bad weather that has hit Baltimore all day.

No word yet on rescheduling. There is some talk of a doubleheader on Wednesday.

With their pitching staff shorthanded, the Rays obviously would not want to do that and would look to make the game up later in the season.

The Rays return to Baltimore twice - on June 27-29, with a common off-day on the 26th; and for a four-game series on August 25-28.

 

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UPDATE: For starters, Rays at Orioles, postponed

UPDATE, 5:46: The Rays decided this afternoon that between the bad weather and the likelihood of the game being delayed, rain-shortened or interrupted, they would make it a "bullpen day" and planned to start RHP Brandon Gomes.

The idea was that using a series of relievers would make ore sense than potentially burning a starter. Also that even though RHP Jake Odorizzi, who was to start, felt better after being sick on Monday, that they didn't want to expose him to the elements.

DEVELOPING: It's been pouring most of the day here in Baltimore, and the forecast is for more rain, high winds  and cold temperatures - down into the 30s tonight - but as of now the Rays-Orioles game is still on.

The Rays are listing RHP Jake Odorizzi as their starter - and with word that LHP Enny Romero stayed with the Durham team and is starting for the Bulls tonight - the assumption is that Odorizzi, who was battling the flu on Monday feels well enough to pitch.

Lineups when available. Weather updates as well.

 

 

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Friedman: Moore surgery "inevitable," replacements internal

 

Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman held a conference call this afternoon, saying the decision for LHP Matt Moore to go ahead and have Tommy John surgery was not clear until Moore felt discomfort when playing catch Monday afternoon.

"Talking it through, at that point it became inevitable and then it was about how do we preserve as much of the 2015 season as we can,'' Friedman said. "and so we decided to go ahead and go the surgical route.''

Friedman said the Rays most likely will stay in-house for replacements for Moore and Alex Cobb, out 4-6 weeks with an oblique strain.

And he remained confident that the starters they do have - with Cesar Ramos and Erik Bedard currently joining David Price, Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi in the rotation - are good enough to keep them competitive.

"I can't imagine we'll be able to line up on something that we feel like gives us a better chance to win than what we have,'' Friedman said.  "We've got a number of guys we like who are up right ow and we've got a number of guys in Triple-A. We alwasy talk about how there's no such thing as too much pitching and unfortunately we're kind of living it first hand right now. …

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Rays lose Moore for the season

Matt Moore says that after playing catch, it was clear that he wasn’t going to feel comfortable trying to pitch through his elbow injury and could only make it worse.

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Matt Moore says that after playing catch, it was clear that he wasn’t going to feel comfortable trying to pitch through his elbow injury and could only make it worse.

Pitcher Matt Moore has surgery set for April 22 and is out for the year. Get the full story from Tuesday morning's Times: Rays' Matt Moore out for season.

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Moore throws, Maddon says it went 'pretty good,' no decision yet

Rays LHP Matt Moore tested his sore left elbow by playing catch today.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he was told it went well - "The word pain was not used" - but said there has been no decision yet on whether Moore will try to come back and pitch this season with a torn ligament or have Tommy John surgery and be out at least a year.

Moore was not available for comment.

"Actually (Head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield) said he threw okay, but I'm waiting to hear back from him what the final analysis is. Nothing yet,'' Maddon said. "Ronnie said he turned it loose a little bit too, so we'll see. That was probably a good test for him. The word pain was not used. Ronnie told me he actually threw the ball pretty good.''

Maddon said he did not expect any announcement today.

 

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For starters, Rays at Orioles, before the rain

Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, against Orioles LHP Wei-Yin Chen.

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Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, against Orioles LHP Wei-Yin Chen.

UPDATE, 6:19: RHP Jake Odorizzi, the Rays Tuesday starter, is the latest player on the team to be sick, and he was sent back to the hotel to rest after playing catch Monday. The Rays are hoping he will be okay - if Tuesday's game is played - but as a precaution they scratched LHP Enny Romero from his scheduled start at Triple-A Durham as a fallback option.

UPDATE, 5:45: The Rays are planning to give LHP Cesar Ramos at least one more start, Maddon said, on Friday against the Yankees - though those plans can change if Tuesday's game is rained out, as looks likely now.

LHP Matt Moore tested his sore left elbow by playing catch today, and Maddon said it went well, but there will be no annoucement today on whether he will have surgery or try to pitch with the torn ligament.

With RHP Brad Boxberger joining the bullpen, the Rays will have only one lefty, Jake McGee. Maddon said that is not a concern becasue Boxberger and Joel Peralta are righties who can get out lefties.

Orioles lineup:
Markakis rf
Cruz dh
Davis 1b
Jones cf
Wieters c
Lough lf
Hardy ss
Lombardozzi 2b
Flaherty 3b
Chen p …

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UPDATE: Boxberger to join bullpen

Brad Boxberger has pitched in four games at Triple-A Durham, striking out 13 in 6-2/3 innings while allowing only three hits and two walks.

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Brad Boxberger has pitched in four games at Triple-A Durham, striking out 13 in 6-2/3 innings while allowing only three hits and two walks.

UPDATE, 2:56: The Rays made it official, Boxberger has been called up.

DEVELOPING: The Rays have to add an arm to the bullpen tonight, and the Times has learned the call-up is expected to be RHP Brad Boxberger.

Boxberger, 25, has big-league time with the Padres in 2012-13, and was acquired in the off-season trade that sent LHP Alex Torres to San Diego.

Boxberger has pitched in four games at Triple-A Durham, striking out 13 in 6 2/3 innings while allowing only three hits and two walks.

The Rays rotation and bullpen has been in flux with injuries to starters Matt Moore and Alex Cobb and Joel Peralta being sick and unavailable the last two days.

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Day gets no better as Rays lose 12-4 to Reds

A day that started bad for the Rays with news that Alex Cobb was placed on the disabled list didn't get any better with a 12-4 loss to the Reds.

The loss of Cobb further thins their pitching depth. And the Sunday performance LHP Cesar Ramos, making his first start in place of injured Matt Moore, didn't do much to calm any concerns as he lasted only into the third inning, allowing four runs. …

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More bad news for Rays: Cobb on DL with oblique strain

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

UPDATE, 5:52: The MRI indeed showed an oblique strain, and while Rays manager Joe Maddon did not issue a timetable, those type of injuries are likely to sideline a pitcher for four-six weeks at the minimum.

UPDATE, 12:03: Rays manager Joe Maddon said the hope is that Cobb will miss only two starts and be able to return when eligible, on April 28, or shortly thereafter.

Maddon said he noticed Cobb stretching from the start of the game but thought it was a cramp or soemthing and was surprised thatthe situation was deemed that serious given how well he pitched. "It was really confusing,'' he said.

The Rays could have sent Cobb for the MRI first, but Maddon said they felt he was going to have to miss at least one start even if it was mild, and they needed the bullpen help. That's because they are using long reliever Cesar Ramos to start today - unsure how deep into the game he can go - are likely without Joel Peralta, who is ill, and are not sure if Grant Balfour is available today.

DEVELOPING: The Rays sustained another blow to their rotation with news Sunday that RHP Alex Cobb was placed on the DL with a left oblique strain. …

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For starters, Rays at Reds, with Ramos hitting 8th

UPDATE, 12:20: Maddon said a main reason for hitting Ramos eighth is that he isn't likely to pitch deep into the game anyway and this could lead to a quicker decision. Also, he liked the way the lineup worked with Rodriguez ninth, then Zobrist, Longoria and Myers.

Maddon said they wanted Zobrist to get a game in the outfield, but it still seems more a question of their confidence in Forsythe playing out there.

UPDATE, 10:55: While the big news this morning is the Rays placing Alex Cobb on the DL with a left oblique strain, the lineup is quite interesting too, as manager Joe Maddon - as he has done previously - his hitting his starting pitcher, Cesar Ramos, eighth and has 1B Sean Rodriguez ninth.

Also, in facing hard-throwing LHP Tony Cingrani, Maddon for the first time this season put Evan Longoria third and Wil Myers fourth. Also, he chose to put Ben Zobrist in LF and Logan Forsythe at 2B, deciding that it was a better defensive alignment after saying during the spring they felt comfortable with Forsythe in the outfield.

Rays lineup:

Zobrist LF,
Jennings cf,
Longoria 3b,
Myers rf,
Forsythe 2b,
Escobar SS,
Hanigan c,
Ramos p,
S-Rod 1b

Reds lineup: …

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Kiermaier makes key play, gets sent back to Durham

OF Kevin Kiermaier made what by all accounts - from manager Joe Maddon on down - was the play of the game for the Rays in Saturday's 1-0 win, throwing out Joey Votto at the plate in the 4th inning.

And then after the game, Kiermaier was sent back to Triple-A Durham.

Kiermaier said he wasn't bitter at all because he knew it was to be a short stay as he was called up Friday to add some depth to the bench. But the Rays needed a roster spot to added Erik Bedard to the bullpen because Cesar Ramos is starting Sunday, so Kiermaier had to go.

 

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