PORT CHARLOTTE — The Rays optioned the core of what is expected to be the next wave of prospects to reach Tropicana Field when they sent SS Willy Adames, INF/OF Jake Bauers and INF Christian Arroyo to minor-league camp before Sunday's 6-5 loss to the visiting Twins.
The largest wave of cuts this spring was expected with today being an off day and the minor-league games beginning Wednesday.
Also optioned to minor-league camp were RHP Hunter Wood, OF Justin Williams, RHP Diego Castillo, RHP Jose Mujica and RHP Jaime Schultz. Reassigned were RHP Ryan Weber, OF Joe McCarthy and C Brett Sullivan. LHP Dan Runzler was released.
"The underlying message is we think really highly of that group, and we're going to do everything we can to get them playing," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "There's still some boxes that they can check in Triple A. We know they're very talented and they're going to help us here real soon."
Adames needs to become more consistent in the field, while Arroyo, who played 34 games with the Giants last season, needs more at-bats after getting only 216 last year between Triple A and the Giants before a broken left hand ended his season. Bauers could also benefit from more Triple-A at-bats.
Castillo allowed only one hit in five scoreless appearances this spring.
"The way he attacked the strike zone in the spring was amazing and the ability to land a slider at any time was impressive," Cash said.
Schultz, who missed most of last season with a groin injury, needs to return to the level he was pitching at before his injury.
Faria struggles again
RHP Jake Faria's frustrating spring continued Sunday when he retired five batters in what was supposed to be a four-inning outing.
While he felt his tempo on the mound improved, Faria remains disappointed with his results.
He allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. That ran his totals to 12 hits, nine runs (eight earned) and five walks.
"When I get on the (stadium) mound, for whatever reason, I'm not putting it on the field, and it's driving me and everybody else crazy. Me the most, though," he said. "It's frustrating to do the work and get the results that you want when you're practicing it (in the bullpen) and you can't apply it when it actually matters. It's driving me nuts."
RHP Alex Colome retired the side in order with a pair of strikeouts during his lone inning and pronounced himself ready for the regular season. Cash said LHP Ryan Yarbrough was impressive while allowing two hits in his two innings. LHP Anthony Banda had a nice bounce-back outing when he allowed a hit in his two innings. He allowed four runs on two hits and three walks against the Orioles his last time out. SS Adeiny Hechavarria and RF Carlos Gomez had two hits each. 2B Kean Wong homered in the ninth.
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