For starters: Matt Silverman on security of Kevin Cash and state of Rays; lineups for tonight vs BoSox
Rays president of baseball ops Matt Silverman addressed the media this afternoon and talked about the state of the team, which after 11 straight losses, isn’t very good.
Among the things Silverman said were:
--Manager Kevin Cash’s job is not in jeopardy. Instead, the blame falls on the entire organization, Silverman included.
--He is disappointed with the performance of the rotation, adding he knows they are better than how they’ve performed.
--He said the players are disappointed in their recent performance, adding he still believes in their abilities and expects them to turn the season around.
--Silverman also said the injury to Kevin Kiermaier (fractured left hand) has really hurt the team. The injuries to Brandon Guyer (hamstring) and Steve Souza Jr. (hip) tested and depleted the outfield depth within the organization.
Both Guyer, who makes a rehab start tonight with Class A Charlotte, and Souza, who began running today for the first time since his injury, are expected back this homestand. Guyer could rejoin the team during this series with Boston.
The Rays designated RHP Ryan Webb for assignment this afternoon and recalled RHP Danny Farquhar. The reason is Farquhar can add length to the bullpen that is overworked and could use a pitcher who can get more than three outs.
As for tonight …
The good news: The Rays open an 11-game homestand tonight at the Trop, which is a positive since they face the Red Sox on an 11-game losing streak.
The bad news: That streak began with four straight losses at the Trop that dropped their season record at home to 15-20.
It’s been a long time since the Trop was the Pit.
Rookie Blake Snell faces Eduardo Rodriguez in a matchup of young lefties.
The second place Red Sox dropped the final two games during the weekend series in Texas and have lost six of their last 10.
Here are the lineups:
Bradley Jr. CF
Rodriguez LHP (1-2, 6.41)
Snell LHP (0-2, 2.40)