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Guyer makes team, final two bullpen spots not etched in stone



The Rays continued to finalize their Opening Day roster Tuesday, announcing that OF Brandon Guyer has made the team.


"I've been working my whole life to make an Opening Day roster and be up here," Guyer said. "So I'm really excited for the opportunity. Now the hard work starts. Now I've got to keep grinding and doing everything I can do to help the team win."

It would appear that RHPs Brandon Gomes and RHP Josh Lueke are likely to land the final two bullpen spots, though manager Joe Maddon said that's not etched in stone, as there's something else in play. RHP Juan Carlos-Oviedo also hasn't officially been put on the disabled list either.

Either way, Maddon said he met with INFs Wilson Betemit and Jayson Nix, along with RHP Mark Lowe, letting them know that - as of now - they're not going to make the Opening Day roster. Maddon said things can always change, but wanted to give them a heads up out of respect, as the Rays play two night games the next two days and play their final exhibition Friday.

Maddon says the three are all still technically Rays, and hopes they stay in the organization (even if it's Triple-A) after everything shakes out. Lowe has an opt-out for his minor league deal Friday.

"We wanted to inform them what our intentions are right now," Maddon said. "Those kinds of things can change. And if they do change, something may happen where they get to stay with us, which would be wonderful, because all three of those guys fit in extremely well."




[Last modified: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 5:38pm]


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