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Jerry Sands will need season-ending surgery on his wrist.
ST. PETERSBURG - Rays INF/OF Jerry Sands will need season-ending surgery on his wrist, Sands said before today's game.
"It's obviously disappointing I don't get to go out there and be on the field every day," Sands said.
Sands strained a tendon in his left wrist during a swing last month. Surgery was viewed as a possibility then, but Sands was still having problems with it today at his follow-up appointment, leading to the surgery decision. He said he plans to schedule that soon - while working around his wife's pregnancy and due date in August. The surgery should keep him from swinging for three or four months, but he's expected to be healthy before spring training.
"It's one of those things, I've got to get it done," Sands said. "I'd rather have it fixed and not have it lingering and have to worry about it."
In other injury news, OF Wil Myers had his cast removed but did not have a timetable for his return.
"It's definitely weird," Myers said. "It's going to take some time to get used to."
Myers said he'll begin his rehab process soon. The Rays have said he could return three or four weeks after the cast is removed, making mid-August a realistic timeline for him to rejoin the team.
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Maddon and Foley serving lunch Friday.
Rays manager Joe Maddon and 3B coach Tom Foley serve lunch Friday at Tampa's Trinity Cafe as part of a new team initiative to help area homeless shelters called the Rays Thanksmas Day of Volunteering. More than 200 volunteered to help at other area shelters including the Salvation Army centers in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Bradenton; the Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater. Also lending a hand were OFs Kevin Kiermaier and Brandon Guyer, former Rays C Josh Paul and several of the Rays broadcasters.Full Story
Chris Archer (5-5, 3.16) will face off against Blue Jays lefty Mark Buehrle (10-6, 2.60).
UPDATE, 5:52. The Rays scratched C Ryan Hanigan from tonight's start due to soreness in his left side. The new lineup is below:
UPDATE, 3:27: As expected, the Rays activated SS Yunel Escobar (shoulder) from the disabled list. He takes the roster spot of LHP Jake McGee, who moved to the paternity list. McGee's wife, Morgan, gave birth to their first child, daughter Rowen Beth McGee, on Thursday's day off.
DEVELOPING: After Thursday’s day off, the Rays are back at Tropicana Field for the first day of a three-game series – their last one before the All-Star break – against Toronto.
RHP Chris Archer (5-5, 3.16) will face off against Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle (10-6, 2.60).
The Rays are expected to make at least one roster move today – we’ll have news on that and lineups when we get them.
Alex Cobb will be on the mound for the Rays, feeling he is close to regaining the requisite consistency in his delivery.
UPDATE, 5:31: SS Yunel Escobar (shoulder) played five innings for Class A Charlotte today and is set to the return to the Rays lineup on Friday, Maddon said. ... RHP Jeremy Hellickson felt the nornal post-start soreness but no pain or anything unusual in his elbow after 2014 debut. Now the Rays have to decide when he will pitch again, with plans to discuss the post-All-Star break rotation.
UPDATE, 5:27: Here is the Rays lineup, with Sean Rodriguez getting the start at 2B over Logan Forsythe.
DEVELOPING: After hanging on for a tense victory last night, the Rays are looking to win a fourth straight series tonight when they take on the Royals for the last time this season.
RHP Alex Cobb will be on the mound for the Rays, feeling he is close to regaining the requisite consistency in his delivery, opposed by hard-throwing HRP Yordano Ventura. …Full Story
David Price: "You should see the looks I"m getting right now.''
We knew David Price had superhuman abilities, but we never imagined he was an actual superhero.
Price certainly looked the part today, when he tweeted out a link to a video he posted on Telly of him driving a white BMW out of a garage while wearing a Batman mask.
"You all should see the looks I'm getting right now!!! #iambatman,'' Price tweeted. Full Story
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Jeremy Hellickson will try to do his part in his 2014 debut after having elbow surgery in January.
UPDATE, 5:30: Manager Joe Maddon said OF David DeJesus and RF Wil Myers are both getting closer to returning from injury, with Myers possibly rejoining the club in mid-August. Maddon said he hopes Hellickson lasts five or six innings and about 100 pitches tonight in his first start this year after having offseason elbow surgery.
DEVELOPING: The Rays’ goal of hitting 50-50 through 100 games ended last night with a 6-0 loss to the Royals. Now the Rays will focus on manager Joe Maddon’s next goal – winning another series.
RHP Jeremy Hellickson will try to do his part in his 2014 debut after having elbow surgery in January. The Rays will go up against RHP Jason Vargas (8-3, 3.32 ERA).
The Rays have lost nine of their last 11 games against Kansas City.
Lineups and more when we get them.
ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays officially announced the signing of the top international prospect, Adrian Rondon, on Monday, along with a trade that helped make it work financially.
The Dominican shortstop signed on his 16th birthday for $2.95 million. The 6-foot-2 Rondon is considered to have an advanced bat and could develop into a solid fielder.
The Rays had about $2 million in a bonus pool to use on international prospects but alleviated those concerns with a trade. The team sent RHP prospect Matt Ramsey to the Marlins for their second, third and fourth international bonus slots, which were valued at just over $1 million. If the Rays go over their allotted signing pool, they risk financial penalties and future limits on international bonuses.
Ramsey had a 1.07 ERA in 24 appearances in Double-A Montgomery. Full Story
Jake Odorizzi was one of the key prospects in the trade that sent James Shields to Kansas City after the 2012 season.
DEVELOPING: The Rays are no longer at the bottom of the AL East and will try to continue their climb tonight at Tropicana Field against the Royals.
The pitching matchup will be the center of attention. Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (4-7, 4.18 ERA) will face off against former Ray RHP James Shields (8-4, 3.93). Odorizzi was one of the key prospects in the trade that sent Shields to Kansas City after the 2012 season.
Lineups and more when we get them.
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Evan Longoria auditions with Rachel McAdams for "The Notebook.''
Watch as Rays third baseman Evan Longoria auditions with Rachel McAdams for the movie, "The Notebook,'' in this video from MLB Fan Cave. Full Story
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Jeremy Hellickson throws batting practice before the start of the May 22 game against the Oakland A's at Tropicana Field.
RHP Jeremy Hellickson has been activated off the disabled list and will rejoin the rotation Tuesday, replacing LHP Erik Bedard.
Hellickson made six rehab starts in working his way back from January elbow surgery, and his 30-day rehab assignment expired Sunday. The Rays could have optioned him to the minors if they felt he needed more work, but decided, as Maddon said, he was "ready to go.''
Bedard, who was scheduled to start Tuesday after lasting only two innings in his last outing, will head to the bullpen as the Rays will carry an extra pitcher, with INF Vince Belnome optioned to Triple-A Durham after Sunday's game.
Left-hander David Price is the Rays' lone selection for the American League All-Star team.
Price, who took a 7-7, 3.50 record into Sunday night's start, was named by AL/Boston manager John Farrell as the Rays voted by the players to his fourth All-Star team.
"He definitely deserves it,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "It just validates the wonderful year he's having right now. And don't be deceived by a couple bad innings or a couple homers - this guy's been kind of lights out the whole first half. It's well-deserved, earned, and we're really happy for him.''
Maddon also had been pushing for lefty reliever Jake McGee but he was not chosen.
"Look at what he's done, he's been virtually unhittable this year,'' Maddon said. "I dont know how this is all shaking out, maybe he's still being considered at another point, with injuries or adding or subtracting guys or whatever. But Jake, hopefully if something were to occur over the course of the next week, that he gets strong consideration because I believe he's definitely an all-star this year. But having said that, I understand how difficult it is for the manager to do this.''
Price said he had several reasons to be excited about the July 15 game in Minnesota.
"The coolest part is that it will be Derek Jeter's last All-Star Game and that it is being played at my favorite field; I love Target Field,'' Price said. "And the third thing is that the Rays open the second half there. I've always been envious of the guys who have been in that position where their teams are playing in the All-Star city. It will be nice just to hang out there for a couple of days.''
Price ties Carl Crawford with the most All-Star selections in club history with four. Unless McGee or someone else is added, this will be the first time since the Devil Rays days in 2007 that there is only one Tampa Bay player selected.
UPDATE, 6:50: Maddon said he wanted S-Rod in the lineup because Porcello is such a heavy ground ball pitcher. ... Maddon said Hellickson is "ready to go" and they would have an announcement after the game as far as the specifics of his return.
UPDATE, 5:56: One surprise in the Rays lineup is that Sean Rodriguez, a right-handed hitter, is in the lineup at DH. .. No word yet from the Rays on the return of RH Jeremy Hellickson, whose 30-day rehab assignment ends tonight:
J.D. Martinez dh
DEVELOPING: The Rays are at the end of the road on a trip that looked highly dangerous at the start and turned out to be very succesful, with an 8-2 mark going into tonight's nationally televised ESPN Sunday Night Baseball finale against the Tigers.
The Rays will have LHP David Price, the subject of intense trade speculation, on the mound against Tigers RHP Rick Porcello in what could be a matchup of All-Stars. …Full Story
UPDATE, 3:10: SS Yunel Escobar felt good after testing his shoulder again Saturday and headed back to Tampa to begin a three-day minor-league rehab assignment on Monday, with the expectation that he will rejoin the Rays on Friday.
RHP Jeremy Hellickson threw his bullpen session as the Trop and felt good, but Maddon said the Rays have not made a decision yet on whethert to put him back in their rotation or option him to the minors for more work. His 30-day rehab assignment ends on Sunday.
The Rays bus arrived at 1:45, about 15 minutes later than planned, as the driver got lost on the way from Birmingham, Mich., to the stadium in downtown Detroit.
Maddon said he hadn't heard from AL/Red Sox manager John Farrell or any league officials about the AL All-Star team that will be announced on Sunday night, and reiterated that he feels LHP Jake McGee and LHP David Price are both worthy of selection.
DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to guarantee at least a split of this series when they take on the Tigers today at 4.
RHP Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays against Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez. Both have been pitching very well. …Full Story
UPDATE, 6:17: Maddon said RHP Jeremy Hellickson (elbow surgery) looked good and felt good in his Thursday rehab start for Triple-A Durham and is close to returning from the DL, though no final decisions have been made. Hellickson will throw a bullpen session at the Trop on Saturday. His 30-day rehab assignment ends Sunday, so the Rays can either activate him and bring him back to the majors or option him to the minors.
Maddon also said SS Yunel Escobar (shoulder) is feeling better and should be ready on or around his July 10 eligible date, which could get him back in the lineup for the final series before the All-Star break.
Maddon also said he feels both David Price and Jake McGee are deserving of spots on the AL All-Star team, which will be announced Sunday.
UPDATE, 6:11: There are no apparent musical overtones for the Rays lineup today, manager Joe Maddon just hoping it produces more than two hits.
Here it is:
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V. Martinez dh
J.D. Martinez lf
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LHP Jeff Beliveau didn't get far, called back up to the Rays on Friday after being optioned to Triple-A on Thursday.
The shuffle was likely to happen anyway as LHP Cesar Ramos planned to leave the team no later than after Saturday's game to head back to St. Petersburg to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.
But it was expedited after Ramos worked 3 1/3 innings Thursday in relief of LHP Erik Bedard. With Ramos thus unavailable to pitch Friday and probably Saturday anyway, it worked out better for the Rays to have him take paternity leave a day early, allowing them to add a fresh arm in bringing back Believeau, who had been called up Tuesday.
Normally an optioned player has to spend 10 days back in the minors unless there is an injury, but that rule is waived in paternity list cases.