Torres on getting called up by Rays

Alex Torres delivers a pitch during a 2012 spring training game against the Orioles in Port Charlotte.

EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times

Alex Torres delivers a pitch during a 2012 spring training game against the Orioles in Port Charlotte.

LHP Alex Torres was sitting in his room Wednesday night with Triple A Durham teammate and roommate Alex Colome wondering if he'd get the call.
 
Both pitchers knew they could get brought up as a temporary fill-in for the Rays bullpen, taking roster spot of injured ace LHP David Price (triceps strain).

At midnight, Torres received word - it was him.

"I'm so happy," he said Thursday.

Torres, 25, has bounced back with a strong start this year after struggling last season. He said he gained confidence in winter ball and it's carried over, boosting his command. He had 49 strikeouts and just 14 walks w Durham this year.

Torres, who has had a few short stints in the big leagues the past two years, believes he's more prepared now.

"I think the confidence I have right now, that's the key," Torres said. "Last year I had all the pitches, but I didn't have that type of confidence. This year I can throw my slider, my change up in any count. That's why I've been able to throw the ball well at Triple A."

[Last modified: Thursday, May 16, 2013 4:43pm]

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