Matt Moore felt some soreness in his elbow during his last start on Sunday in New York.
UPDATE, 4:58: Moore said an MRI showed no structural damage and manager Joe Maddon said the Rays are "not very concerned,'' expecting Moore - and RHP Alex Cobb - to both be ready by mid-August.
Moore said he felt a sore muscle in his elbow while throwing changeups during Sunday's start in New York, but was fine with his other pitches. After an MRI Monday was clean, Moore let it rest for a few days. But after playing catch today from 70 feet, Moore felt some soreness, leading to the decision to go on the DL.
Moore said while it's frustrating to be out, with the team's upcoming schedule in August and several offdays, they would only need a four-man rotation. Since the rest of staff is pitching so well, Moore believes they won't "skip a beat."
Moore said it was the best decision for the team going forward, that it was better to be smart with it now so he can be ready to pitch during the key stretch run. He hasn't had an elbow injury since being in the big leagues, but is very optimistic he'll be back sooner rather than later. …
The Rays will start Jeremy Hellickson, who has won his last six decisions (over seven starts).
UPDATE, 4:17: The Rays have just-called up Ryan Roberts at 3B (with Evan Longoria getting a DH day) and Sean Rodriguez at 1B in an effort to go as righthanded as they can against Miley.
With Matt Moore going on the DL, the Rays this weekend will start Chris Archer, David Price and Roberto Hernandez vs. the Giants.
The Rays lineup:
Jennings cf Longoria dh Myers rf Zobrist 2b Rodriguez 1b Roberts 3b Escobar ss Lobaton c Fuld lf Hellickson p
DEVELOPING: The rolling Rays return to the Trop tonight to face the Diamondbacks, and there could be some intrigue with the deadline for non-waiver trades looming at 4 p.m.
RHP Jesse Crain, acquired on Monday, is expected to arrive today and continue the recovery from a right shoulder strain. Sounds like INF Ryan Roberts may be in the house, called up on the taxi squad in case of a DL move.
The Rays, meanwhile, will start RHP Jeremy Hellickson, who has won his last six decisions (over seven starts). He'll try to follow the lead of RHP Roberto Hernandez, who threw a complete-game in Monday's win. …
Infielder Ryan Roberts was pulled from Triple-A Durham's game on Tuesday with the explanation that he may be joining the Rays today.
Update 6:00 p.m. Executive VP Andrew Friedman said they had numerous discussions aimed at improving depth leading up to Wednesday’s 4 p.m. nonwaiver trade deadline, but they had no obvious needs and “nothing lined up.” “We’re happy with the guys we have,” he said.
The Rays already acquired All-Star RHP Jesse Crain on Monday, but Friedman said they had no “glaring” issues to address, and liked their depth at Triple-A, so they were able to be selective. Friedman did point out that a lot of their big offseason deals were started around this deadline, so recent talks could “lead to things down the road.”
UPDATE, 4:07: The deadline passes with the Rays not making any deals, though they were in several conversations.
UPDATE, 3:09: With less an hour to go, Rays are "still talking" but there is "nothing to report" on any deal.
UPDATE, 2:25: The Rays remain active in trade talks, seeking ways to "reinforce" their depth. Per one source, it's "tough to handicap odds" of a deal by 4 pm. They have some interest in Seattle's Michael Morse, as has been reported, and also possibly in Kendry Morales or Raul Ibanez.
The Orioles are among other teams talking to the Mariners. …
With a 4 p.m. deadline Wednesday for nonwaiver trades, two things were clear late Tuesday.
One, the Rays were still working on at least one potential deal, presumably to add a hitter. There were no hints as to which hitters they were considering, though Raul Ibanez and Justin Morneau are among those considered available. For what it's worth, one source said the deal under discussion would be pretty big by Rays standards.
Two, they pulled INF Ryan Roberts from Triple-A Durham's game because he may be called up Wednesday.
What was unclear was how connected those moves may be, whether Roberts would be replacing a traded player (Matt Joyce? Sean Rodriguez? Kelly Johnson?) or whether there could be an injury issue or a series of roster moves.
RHP Jesse Crain, who was acquired Monday from the White Sox and will wear No. 26, is expected at the Trop today, where he will meet with the medical staff to map out his rehab program.
Update 5:44 p.m. RHP Alex Cobb said he threw a 50 pitch simulated game in Port Charlotte today and it all went well. The blister on his right index finger is healing, and he expects to make the first of two rehab starts Saturday for Class A Charlotte.
*Rays manager Joe Maddon said they're not yet ready to announce their plans for the rotation after the Diamondbacks series - whether it's a four-man rotation or not - but could deliver that news on Wednesday.
*RHP Brandon Gomes (lat strain) said he was happy with how all his rehab outings went with Charlotte, and is ready to come back, he's just waiting for word from the Rays. The Rays acquired RHP Jesse Crain from the White Sox yesterday, and he's expected to arrive in St. Pete Wednesday and continue his rehab of a shoulder injury. Maddon said he's confident, with the Rays medical staff, they can get him ready to make an impact this season.
*The deadline for non-waiver trades is Wednesday at 4 p.m., and it's unclear whether the Rays are close to any more moves (considering they already acquired some bullpen help in Crain). …
The sun did rise in the east this morning (we checked), but the folks in Hades might be digging through their dresser drawers looking for a scarf and a sweater.
Perhaps — and if so, maybe for the first time ever, Rays radio announcers Dave Wills and Andy Freed suggested last night — the Rays got the benefit of a questionable call in last night's 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Watch the TV replay here:
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Awaiting - finally - a flight home this morning, some leftover items from Monday's tense 2-1 Rays win over the Red Sox that had somewhat of a postseason feel to it:
* Obviously the admittedly blown call by home plate umpire was the major topic of conversation among the Red sox and their fans. And the Rays weren't really contending otherwise - Sam Fuld, who threw the ball that led to the call said when he saw the replay he also thought Daniel Nava was safe - instead suggesting it is just an evening out of the bad calls they felt went against them earlier this season, most notably in Texas when they had an umpire apologizing to them for his blown call.
Asked about replay, Rays manager Joe Maddon said, as usual, that he is all for it. But until a new system is in place, Maddon said, "we just have to wear it.''
The Sox, of course, didn't take as much of a bigger-picture view as the call kept them from scoring the tying run and ended the eighth. …
Jesse Crain has been on the disabled list due to a sore shoulder and has not pitched since June 20
UPDATE, 6:27: Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman said it is "too early to speculate on exactly when" Crain will be ready to resume pitching but he had extreme confidence the Rays medical staff can make it happen. Friedman said when healthy, Crain "is among the best relief pitchers in the game,'' noting his ability to get out right- and left-handers. Crain is expected to join the Rays on Wednesday. The compensation likely won't be worked out until after the season, though Friedman said the framework is in place.
UPDATE, 5:34: The Rays have made the deal offiicial, and announced it for "players to be named later or cash considerations.'' The Rays added Crain to the 40-man roster but kept him on the 15-day DL. To make room on the 40-man roster, they shifted Brandon Gomes to the 60-day DL, though he is close to being reinstated.
UPDATE, 5:22: The Rays are giving up future considerations, likely tied to how much Crain pitches.
UPDATE, 5:07: The Rays have made a deal to get Crain. Details to come.
UPDATE, 4:58: Manager Joe Maddon confirmed that the acquistion of Crain is "a possibility." …
The Rays stay in first place is over for now. The Rays lost 6-5 to the Yankees Sunday on a ninth-inning walkoff single by Alfonso Soriano while the Red Sox won in Baltimore. The Yankees rallied in an odd ninth inning against Jake McGee, whose belt broke during the inning. Brett Gardner walked to start the ninth, and McGee broke his belt on the last pitch. Evan Longoria went to the dugout to get him a new one, then he threw a wild pitch. The Rays intentionally walked Derek Jeter, then McGee got Robinson Cano looking at strike three. But Soriano, acquired Friday, hit a slow single up the middle to score Gardner. Coming off his first complete game shutout, Matt Moore was not sharp on Sunday, allowing five runs on eight hits as ahe needed 91 pitches to get through five innings. On Monday in Boston, he threw 109 and worked all nine innings. Moore allowed three runs in the first, including a home run to Yankees captain Derek Jeter on the first pitch in first at-bat since coming off the disabled list. The Rays battled back to take a 4-3 lead by the third. Kelly Johnson, starting again with Ben Zobrist getting a day off, doubled in a run in the second, and rookie Wil Myers hit a the first of his two homers, a three-run blast in the third. But Moore couldn't hold it, allowing a single to Jeter to open the home third and, after a balk, a homer to Alfonso Soriano, that was just out of Myers' reach as he jumped at the rightfield wall, putting the Yankee sup 5-4. The Rays came back and tied it in the fifth when Myers led off by knocking the ball over the rightfield fence, the first multi-homer performance in his 33-game career. The Rays turned it over to their bullpen in the sixth, and Alex Torres, Joel Peralta and Jake McGee each posted zeroes.
With the loss, the Rays have still won nine of their last 11 games, 17 of 20, 21 of 25 and 24 of 30.
UPDATE, 12:30: Maddon noted Zobrist tool a foul ball off his right foot on Saturday and struggles against Hughes and that Johnson has been swinging well and decided it was a good time for a day off. .. Maddon will try hard to use Joel Peralta, who last pitched July 20.
UPDATE, 10:50: The Rays have Luke Scott back in their lineup, though Ben Zobrist has the day off. And the Yankees have Derek Jeter back.
Rays Jennings cf Scott dh Longoria 3b Loney 1b Myers rf Joyce lf Johnson 2b Lobaton c Escobar ss Moore p
Gardner cf Jeter ss Cano 2b Soriano lf Wells dh Ichiro rf Lillibridge 3b Adams 1b Stewart c Hughes p
Also, there is a forecast for rain starting at about 5 p.m.
DEVELOPING: The red-hot Rays look to continue their roll and complete a sweep of the Yankees today.
And they have LHP Matt Moore. coming off his first complete game, on the mound.
The Yankees counter with RHP Phil Hughes, who has been struggling.
The Rays have won 24 of 29 and hold a half-game lead over the Red Sox, whom they face again in Boston on Monday in a makeup of Thursday's rain out.
Rays DH Luke Scott, who sat out Saturday with back stiffness, said he will be available today. …
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