Cobb, Torres, Archer sent to minors
The Rays made their first roster reductions of the spring, and they included their three most advanced starting pitcher prospects: Alex Cobb, Alex Torres and Chris Archer.
All three were optioned to the minors. Also reassigned to minor-league camp were 1B Juan Miranda, RHP Ricky Orta, and Cs Nevin Ashley and Mark Thomas.
Though none of the three starters were expected to make the team given the glut of starting pitching, the moves came earlier than expected, as the Rays want them to start preparing for the minor-league season.
"It's not a total shock, but it's not exactly the time you want to be sent down,'' Cobb said.
And given the quality of the three pitchers sent down, Cobb joked: "I'm just working on making that Durham rotation now."
With the moves, the Rays have 52 players left on their spring roster.