Gomes to be limited at start of camp
Reliever Brandon Gomes will be limited at the start of spring training as he continues recovery from November surgery to clean up a disc in his back.
Gomes, who has an impressive rookie season, said the recovery has gone well and he is confident - "Absolutely" - he will be ready for the April 6 start of the season.
“Right now it’s progressing along great, I don’t really see anything to be concerned about,’’ Gomes said Friday after a workout at Tropicana Field. “I might miss the very beginning of spring training, but that’s about it.’’
Gomes has yet to throw off a mound, and likely won’t join the other pitchers in throwing bullpen sessions during the first week or two of camp, but should be able to make up the time given the lighter workload for relievers.
Gomes, 27, was 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 40 appearances, including a team-high 29 after the All-Star break, during two 2011 stints with the Rays.