Bullpen report for Thursday: "Tired"
Whatever benefit the Rays bullpen got from Monday's day off and Tuesday's complete game by David Price was gone by the end of a long Wednesday as the relievers had to cover 8 2/3 innings.
And they have to be back at the field early Thursday morning for a 1:10 start.
Asked to describe the state of the bullpen, manager Joe Maddon said, simply, "tired.'
He hadn't heard yet from executive VP Andrew Friedman to know if there would be a roster move, which likely would come at the expense of Brandon Gomes, the only reliever with options, unless they were willing to part ways with Josh Lueke.
While some of the relievers - such as Heath Bell, Jake McGee and Joel Peralta - will be able to bounce back, Maddon admitted "it's a little bit shaky" because Gomes threw 32 pitches over his 1 2/3 innings, Balfour 31 over two and Lueke 40.
Juan Carlos Oviedo, fresh off the DL, warmed up twice but wasn't used Wednesday, though Maddon said he was available and could have pitched a 13th inning, with position players after that.
Another key for Thursday, Maddon said, will be getting a long outing from starter Erik Bedard, though he didn't get out of the fourth in his first start.
"You definitely need some innings out of Bedard,'' Maddon said. "That's a big part of tomorrow.''