Beckham, Vogt and Bush among Rays next wave of cuts

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The Rays made their next wave of cuts Sunday, with former top pick SS Tim Beckham and C Stephen Vogt among the group sent back to minor league camp.

RHP Matt Bush, RHP Dane De La Rosa and OF Brandon Guyer were also optioned to the minors.

Beckham, who has impressed manager Joe Maddon in camp, took the news in stride, feeling he's close to being ready to help the big-league club soon.

"I feel close hitting, I feel close at short, I feel close everywhere," Beckham said. "I feel the most comfortable I've felt on defense. And I know I'm going to hit, the bat is going to come around so I'm not worried about it all."

Vogt had emerged as a darkhorse candidate for the second catcher spot, with Maddon especially liking his left-handed bat. But Vogt, while disappointed, knew he needs more time behind the plate.

"Anytime you're in big league camp and you're on the roster, you don't want to go down - you want to stay up," Vogt said. "But I understand it, I need to get more experience behind the plate and that' exactly what they told me. ...I've been telling myself since I was little, all I need is somebody to give me a chance. If that's this year, next year or three years from now, hopefully it'll be that case."

Maddon also liked Bush, saying his stuff is major league ready, it's just a matter of getting more innings and developing some consistency.

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@tampabay.com

 

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 12:40am]

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