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Rays include Cuban Dayron Varona on roster for trip to Cuba



The Rays released a 34-man travel roster for next week's trip to Cuba that includes OF Dayron Varona, their lone Cuban player.

Varona is the only player on the travel roster who is not on the 40-man roster, but manager Kevin Cash said it was an obvious decision to include him. Varona has not been back to Cuba since leaving the island three years ago on a boat with his mother.

Cash said several players came to him and asked that Varona be included. Varona said that included Evan Longoria and Chris Archer.

Here is the list of players who are going, from which a 28-man active roster will be chosen. LHP Matt Moore will start, and Cash said they will have eight or nine pitchers active:


Chris Archer
Matt Andriese
Andrew Bellatti
Brad Boxberger
Xavier Cedeno
Alex Cobb - injured
Alex Colome
Danny Farquhar
Steve Geltz
Matt Moore
Enny Romero
Drew Smyly
Ryan Webb
Chase Whitley - injured

Curt Casali
Hank Conger
Rene Rivera

Tim Beckham
Logan Forsythe
Nick Franklin
James Loney
Evan Longoria
Brad Miller
Logan Morrison
Taylor Motter
Steve Pearce
Richie Shaffer

Corey Dickerson
Brandon Guyer
Desmond Jennings
Kevin Kiermaier
Mikie Mahtook
Steven  Souza Jr.
Dayron Varona


[Last modified: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 5:34pm]


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