For starters: Rays back home against Marlins
Needing help for an overworked bullpen, the Rays selected RHP Ryan Garton from Triple A Durham and added him to the roster this afternoon. To make room, they optioned INF Tim Beckham to Durham.
Garton, 26, a Mitchell High product, was 1-0 with a 2.38 in 22.2 IP (14 appearances) with the Bulls. He has pitched as many as four innings in one game this season, meaning he is capable of giving the Rays bullpen some length. This could be important tonight since RHP Erasmo Ramirez is still unavailable after throwing 54 pitches in Monday’s loss.
Garton is the second reliever to join the team this week. RHP Tyler Sturdevant was recalled Monday and made his big league debut in Tuesday’s win.
Beckham was the odd man out now that UTL Taylor Motter is on the club. Motter, who starts tonight at shortstop against the Marlins, is a more versatile player.
Manager Kevin Cash said Beckham needs to get consistent at-bats, something he couldn’t do as the 25th man on the team. Cash said his status will be looked at again in a couple of weeks. Still, being sent down at this point of his career is not a good sign for Beckham, who was the first overall pick in the 2008 draft.
As for tonight, the Rays could use a long outing from RHP Matt Andriese. This will be the fourth start for Andriese, who made his season debut on Mother’s Day. He leads the rotation in wins (3) and ERA (2.11).
The Rays and Marlins resume their interleague series tonight at Tropicana Field. The teams split the first two games earlier this week in Miami. Giancarlo Stanton, who batted .167 on the Marlins' recent homestand, is not in the lineup. RF Ichiro Suzuki is batting .385 and needs 40 hits to reach the 3,000-hit plateau.
Here are the lineups:
Nicolina RHP (2-2, 4.30)
Andriese RHP (3-0, 2.11)