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Erik Bedard has been one of the more consistent members of the Rays rotation the past few weeks.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Erik Bedard has been one of the more consistent members of the Rays rotation the past few weeks.

Updated 6:15 p.m. The Rays expect Guyer to be out just three weeks or so, as he has a hairline crack in his left thumb. He suffered the injury in the fifth inning, but stayed in the game, got a hit, not knowing the severity until a post-game x-ray. Maddon lauded Guyer for staying in, allowing the Rays to use Jennings later in the comeback.

Maddon said it was unfortunate considering how well Guyer was playing, pointing out he's turned into a major league player, but believes he'll make a seamless transition back once he's ready. Maddon said Guyer was "pretty distraught" after knowing he'd have another bit of adversity.

*Maddon said they needed some coverage in the bullpen in case of a short outing by Bedard today, and Colome provided the "perfect fit," a pitcher who can go long, or short. Maddon admits there's a concern that some others at Triple-A might not understand how Colome got the call right after the suspension, but they had to do what was best for the Rays in this spot.

*Maddon said he hopes there's no additional discipline from Sunday's melee, and would be disappointed if there was - especially to Escobar or Rodriguez - whom he feels weren't in the wrong.

*Maddon said they kept Evan Longoria at the No. 2 spot because he didn't want to break up the good vibe he's had there, noting how much better Longoria has looked mechanically over the weekend. Desmond Jennings batting cleanup

*RHP Jeremy Hellickson played catch today and felt good, one day after another live BP. He'll advance to a simulated game Wednesday in Port Charlotte, throwing two innings (15 pitches each). Ben Zobrist is expected to play nine innings for Class A Charlotte Tuesday and Wednesday with hopes he can come off the DL by Friday.

Updated 4:45 p.m. The big news today so far is that OF Brandon Guyer has been placed on the 15-day DL with a fractured left thumb. It's unclear how long Guyer, who suffered the injury diving for a catch Sunday, will be out.

But with others, like INF Sean Rodriguez, able to fill in as reserve outfielder, the Rays decided to make a move to bolster their bullpen, which ate up a lot of innings over the weekend. RHP Alex Colome, reinstated from his 50-game drug suspension yesterday, has been called up and will help out of the bullpen.

Colome said he was very surprised and grateful to get the opportunity so soon, but says he feels really good physically after three rehab starts and is ready to help. Colome said he still doesn't know what he took to trigger the positive test, admitting he made a "big mistake" and wanted to apologize to the team, fans.

It's another bad break for Guyer, who had dealt with some untimely injuries since getting acquired by the Rays in the 2011 Matt Garza trade. He was coming off a great weekend, racking up six hits in his last 10 at-bats.

*In other news, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez spoke for SS Yunel Escobar in discussing his role in Sunday's bench-clearing melee against the Red Sox.

"He got caught up in the moment," Martinez said. "Heard some words on the bench, just got heated up. After the game, as far as he's concerned, it's over. He wants to put it behind him. He wants to go out and play. He says, play the game, he remembers (the Red Sox) ran in the eighth inning of the playoffs last year when (the Rays) were down by six. Got got caught up in the moment.. some things were said he couldn't leave alone."

Martinez said he asked Escobar today how he felt. "Ready to go. I want to beat Toronto - bad."

Rays lineup includes Evan Longoria in No. 2 spot again.

Rays lineup
DeJesus dh
Longoria 3b
Joyce lf
Jennings cf
Loney 1b
Myers rf
Figueroa 2b
Escobar ss
Hanigan c
Bedard lhp

Jays lineup
Reyes ss
Cabrera lf
Bautista rf
Encarnacion 1b
Lawrie 3b
Navarro c
Tolleson 2b
Pillar dh
Gose cf
Hutchison rhp

Developing: The Rays, coming off an eventful three-game sweep of the Red Sox, are rolling at the right time, as they're in Toronto to face the first-place Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays (29-22) are red-hot, having won nine of 10 including a three-game sweep of the A's over the weekend.

LHP Erik Bedard, an Ottawa-area native, will have some family and friends in town as he makes the start. The veteran has been one of the more consistent members of the rotation the past few weeks.

RHP Drew Hutchison will be on the mound for Toronto.

MLB is reviewing the benches-clearing melee from the Rays-Red Sox game Sunday, which included ejections for Jonny Gomes, Yunel Escobar and Sean Rodriguez. Should know more if there's supplemental discipline by Tuesday.

Lineups and more to come.

[Last modified: Monday, May 26, 2014 6:23pm]

    

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