Thursday, April 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

For starters: Rays at Phillies, with Eovaldi on the mound

UPDATE, 11:40: Cash said first impressions of Arroyo this spring have been good, has been working with Mottola on hitting ball to RF, that he will get time at 2B-SS-3B but will "primarily" play 3B: "He looks like a baseball player."  … C Adam Moore, likely ticketed for Triple-A, will be sidelined for 5-6 days after a ball struck his thumb. … The Rays also have Xorge Carrillo and Johnny Monell in camp as candidates for jobs at Triple-A Durham.

DEVELOPING: RHP Nathan Eovaldi takes the next step in his comeback from his second Tommy John surgery today when he starts against the Phillies in Clearwater.

Eovaldi, seeking to become the 32nd pitcher and 12th starter to make it back to the majors, has made two previous appearances this spring.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Willy Adames ss
Kevin Kiermaier cf
Denard Span lf
Jason Coats rf
Jake Bauers 1b
Daniel Robertson 2b
Joey Wendle dh
Christian Arroyo 3b
Brett Sullivan c
Nathan Eovaldi p

And the Phillies lineup, with starter Vince Velasquez hitting eighth:
Hernandez 1b
Santana 1b
Herrera cf
Hoskins lf
Altherr rf
Franco 3b
Alfaro c
Velasquez p
Crawford ss

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