Tuesday afternoon report: Rays at Twins, Myers back in lineup
UPDATE, 5:53: Manager Joe Maddon confirmed on the decision on the fifth starter will be made after each of the candidates pitches again. Cesar Ramos will start Thursday with Jake Odorizzi in relief, and Erik Bedard will start Friday.
Maddon said he specifically put Myers in the leadoff spot because he wanted to give him a "different look" to try to get him untracked as Myers is hitting .154 - 4-for-26 with no walks and seven strikeouts in 10 games.
"I know it's spring training but we're getting to the end and I want him to feel good about himself going into the season.''
Maddon said INF/OF Sean Rodriguez, who hasn't played in a week due to a tight left hamstring, did fine in a minor-league game Tuesday and will start Wednesday in Sarasota.
With Bedard starting Friday, David Price will instead throw in a simulated game.
UPDATE, 4:30: Some spring things - the Rays have allowed 58 runs, 9 fewer than any other team; rank 2nd in w/ 3.12 ERA to the Marlins, have made an MLB-low 7 errors.
UPDATE, 4:20: Nothing official, but it sounds like the Rays will wait to see the three fifth starter candidates pitch again before deciding. ... Myers said his leg is still a little sore but he is able to play. ... Chris Archer said he will get his work in on Wednesday pitching in a minor-league game. ... The Twins will start RH Vince Worley rather than Phil Hughes since they were rained out on Monday.
DEVELOPING: OF Wil Myers is in the Rays lineup for tonight's game vs. the Twins. Myers left Saturday's game after fouling a ball off his right leg.
This is the first time Myers has hit leadoff in his pro career.
Also, three relievers worked in minor-league games Tuesday as the first part of making back to back appearances, with the second on Wednesday.
The lines from the minor-league games:
Peralta (18 pitches, 1.1-ip, 0-h, 0-r, 0-bb, 2-so.
McGee (20 pitches, 1.0-ip, 1-h, 1-r, 0-er, 1-bb, 1-so
Luecke (13 pitches, 1.0-ip, 1-h, 0-r, 0-bb, 1-so