Rays send down Myers, Sandoval, Lueke
Top prospect OF Wil Myers was among six players sent to the minors by the Rays on Saturday.
Also sent down was RHP Josh Lueke, putting RHP Brandon Gomes in position for the potential final slot in the bullpen.
Myers, the centerpiece of the James Shields trade with Kansas City, told the Times on Thursday he expected to be sent down, and that it was no deal, as he looked forward to playing every day in Durham and showing what he could do.
Myers hit .265 (9-for-34) in 16 games with one RBI this spring.
Also reassigned were RHPs Juan Sandoval, the reliever who is blind in one eye and making an inspirational bid for a job; Will Inman and J.D. Martin. Sandoval started the spring strong but had a couple of rough recent outings and a 7.71 ERA through six appearances.
Lueke was optioned to Triple-A, along with OF Brandon Guyer.
Lueke has been impressive this spring, earning praise from manager Joe Maddon for having better stuff and more confidence. In six appearances he allowed six hits and one walk with six strikeouts, and had a 1.00 ERA.
Gomes has been even better, with seven scoreless innings over six appearances, with nine strikeouts, no walks and only two hits.
The moves leave the spring roster at 39.