Saturday, February 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Chris Archer campaigns for Rays to keep catcher Bobby Wilson

ST. PETERSBURG — Catcher, once again, is an unsettled position for the Rays.

RHP Chris Archer is making a pitch for them to hang on to veteran C Bobby Wilson, who was claimed off waivers from the Rangers on Aug. 5.

"I'm not trying to knock anybody that we've had, but Bobby Wilson has made a difference," Archer said. "And from my perspective I hope that they notice that and see that he brings some special qualities to this team.

"Even if he's not necessarily your prototypical everyday guy, going forward you've got to look to have that man on the roster. Just because he's a veteran, he knows how to handle himself. He's worked with all the guys on the staff. We have some young guys who can learn a lot from him."

When Seminole High product Wilson, 33, was claimed, the Rays sent Curt Casali to Triple-A Durham. There he joined Hank Conger, the other opening day-roster catcher, who was sent down at the All-Star break and was replaced by Luke Maile.

Beck Show: 2B Tim Beckham had a big night, showcasing his power and speed with two triples and his arm with a strike to the plate to nail Adrian Beltre (with the help of a replay reversal) to preserve a 2-1 lead in the sixth. "I know what I can do, I know what I bring to the table," Beckham said. "It felt great."

FIRST TIMER: Maile was quite thrilled to hit his first big-league homer, saying, "It's hard to describe how awesome it was." A close second was the expected silent treatment he got from his mates initially after returning to the dugout. "I thought it was awesome," he said. "It was so cool to be part of that." He got back the ball, from a kid named, yep, Luke in exchange for a bat.

INJURY UPDATE: CF Kevin Kiermaier remained sidelined by left hip tightness that surfaced unexpectedly Friday — forcing him from the game — and remains of unknown origin.

"Just kind of a little freak thing where it just happened when I got to the field, and I don't have an answer for how or what happened," Kiermaier said. "Just kind of crazy how it progressively got worse."

Kiermaier said he had no issues during Thursday's off day, but showed up Friday to get loose "running and jogging and doing a little bit of mobilization, and something just didn't agree with my hip flexor." Kiermaier said he isn't concerned it is anything serious or long term.

2B Logan Forsythe was out for a fourth straight game due to a stiff back but was feeling better and is slated to play today.

ROSTER SHUFFLE: INF Richie Shaffer was called up from Triple-A Durham to replace INF/OF Nick Franklin, who went on the seven-day concussion DL. … LHP Enny Romero (back strain) was activated from the DL and got two outs Saturday. RHP Ryan Garton was sent down.

REHAB REPORT: Franklin was placed on the DL based on his symptoms, but there has not been a definitive diagnosis of a concussion, nor is there a time­table for his return, which will be driven by the pace of recovery. … RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) said his elbow is feeling "great" and he will go into Monday's rehab start for Durham as if it's his last, with the potential to rejoin the rotation next Sunday in Houston. But Cobb said if he doesn't feel totally right mechanically, he might make one more rehab start.

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