Wright "excited" to earn final spot in Rays bullpen
Righthander Jamey Wright had to wait until near the Tuesday deadline, but was excited to find out he'll be part of the team's bullpen this year.
Wright, a 17-year-veteran, said he's not concerned about his spring struggles (6.30 ERA), that his sinker will be down when the time comes.
"I'm not worried about it at all," Wright said. "It's spring training. Once Opening Day hits, it'll be there. It's never not been there. I'm really excited about where my cutter and curveball are right now, so that's good. And everything else will be there."
Wright and RHP Brandon Gomes appeared to be vying for the final bullpen spot. But the Rays seemed to be leaning towards Wright, who came to camp on a minor league deal, and Gomes was optioned to Triple-A Tuesday morning.
The Rays had until noon today to inform Wright he'd be on the 40-man roster, or put on the DL or given a retention bonus to go to Triple-A. Wright had no doubts. This is the sixth straight year Wright has made an Opening Day roster after coming into camp as a non-roster invite (he's had the second most relief innings in the majors since 2008).
"I'm going every year fully expecting (to make the team)," Wright said. "I've signed all these big league deals and have been in the big leagues the whole year on all of them. It's not like I've made a team and then been sent down three weeks later. I've thrown more innings out of the bullpen than anybody over the last however many years. Don't let the big-league deal fool you, I'm pretty good. I think I am anyway (smiling).
"I came in with one goal and that's to get ready for the season, and I feel strong, I feel as good as I've ever felt. I'm ready to start the season."
The Rays also told RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo he'd be on the 40-man roster by Sunday. But Oviedo, who had Tommy John surgery, will be going on the DL.