Monday, April 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Alonso's Fernandez on Marlins roster

WASHINGTON — Top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez, an Alonso High graduate, was among seven players added to the Marlins' roster ahead of today's opener at Washington and is scheduled to make his debut April 7 against the Mets in New York.

The unexpected addition of Fernandez was made Sunday after injuries to right-handers Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez. The pair, who had been in Miami's projected rotation, went on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation, Eovaldi retroactive to March 24 and Alvarez to March 27.

Seminole's Casey Kotchman, a former first baseman with the Rays, was also added to the 40-man roster along with another former Ray, reliever Chad Qualls. The others were right-handers John Maine and Kevin Slowey, outfielder Austin Kearns and infielder Chris Valaika. Alex Sanabia was recalled from the minors to join the rotation with Slowey.

Ricky Nolasco will start the Marlins' opener, Slowey will start the second game of the series against the Nationals and lefty Wade LeBlanc will start the finale.

Eovaldi and Alvarez are expected to miss about a month.

Fernandez, 20, was selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft and hasn't pitched above Class A. He was originally assigned to Double-A Jacksonville.

A 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, Fernandez came to the United States by boat as a Cuban refugee in 2008. He was 14-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 25 games in the minor leagues last year. His The $2 million signing bonus was a record for a prospect out of a Hillsborough County high school.

He was named Florida's Mr. Baseball and a Baseball America All-American in his senior year of high school, 2011, and was named the Times' All-Suncoast player of the year.

Comments
Rays are suddenly swinging hot bats, but will it last?

Rays are suddenly swinging hot bats, but will it last?

ST. PETERSBURG — Good pitching and hitting go hand in glove, but the Rays did not look like a team that could swing the bats very well until this completed homestand.In their series sweep over the Twins, Tampa Bay scored 8, 10 and 8 runs. ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rick Stroudís takeaways from Rays-Twins

Rick Stroudís takeaways from Rays-Twins

–Yonny Chirinos may be the Rays fourth starter, but it seems to be in name only. He was lifted after pitching 4 2/3 innings against the Twin on Sunday, the shortest start of his career and his second-shortest appearance.  "Going into the g...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Raysí Carlos Gomez hits two-run walkoff homer to beat Twins for series sweep

Raysí Carlos Gomez hits two-run walkoff homer to beat Twins for series sweep

ST. PETERSBURG — With every swing, there is a chance Carlos Gomez is going to do something extraordinary with the baseball bat.He may swing so violently that he spins himself into the ground as if he were an oil drill. Or, you could see him sna...
Updated: 8 hours ago
For starters: Rays vs. Twins, going for the first series sweep of the season, 1:10 p.m.

For starters: Rays vs. Twins, going for the first series sweep of the season, 1:10 p.m.

Rays pitcher Yonny Chirinos is no longer just part of a bullpen day, he's the No. 4 starter and who goes to the mound at 1:10 p.m. against Phil Hughes to try to help Tampa Bay attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the Twins.Catcher Wilson Ramos g...
Published: 04/22/18
Rays thoughts are with ex-teammate Danny Farquhar

Rays thoughts are with ex-teammate Danny Farquhar

Members of the Rays organization sent their thoughts and prayers to former teammate Danny Farquhar, who was hospitalized Saturday night in Chicago in stable but critical condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm.Farqu...
Published: 04/22/18
Rays on Sunday: 1:10 vs. Twins

Rays on Sunday: 1:10 vs. Twins

Sunday vs. Twins1:10, Tropicana FieldTV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 760-AM (Spanish)Tickets: $20-$300; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of game.Promotion: Mascot socks for kids 14 a...
Published: 04/22/18
Rays Journal: Team effort pays off in 10-1 win over Twins

Rays Journal: Team effort pays off in 10-1 win over Twins

ST. PETERSBURG – Let's be clear here, the Rays still have a long way to go, and a lot of ground to make up.But seeing them play like they did Saturday in beating the Twins 10-1, putting on a solid all-around show in cobbling their first three-g...
Published: 04/21/18
Updated: 04/22/18
Marc Topkinís takeaways from Raysí 10-1 Saturday win over Twins

Marc Topkinís takeaways from Raysí 10-1 Saturday win over Twins

* Is it time to take the leap and believe this is the real Blake Snell? He talked a good game this spring and pitched well in his debut, but that rough second outing raised old doubts. But a good outing in Chicago and two dominant ones on the homesta...
Published: 04/21/18
Rays Tales: How low can this team go compared to those Devil Rays days?

Rays Tales: How low can this team go compared to those Devil Rays days?

When the Rays, in the opening weekend of their 20th anniversary celebration season, brought back and honored the inaugural 1998 Devil Rays squad, it got us thinking unexpected thoughts, such as which was a better team:The first one, or the current on...
Published: 04/21/18
Rays will go forth with four starters

Rays will go forth with four starters

ST. PETERSBURG — Three weeks was enough for the Rays to officially ditch their three-man rotation plan.Starting Sunday, they will go forth with Yonny Chirinos as their fourth starter.Which is a five-star idea.The flaws in the three-man plan ...
Published: 04/21/18