Friday, April 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Matt Andriese's varied 2015 experiences paying off in 2016

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays RHP Matt Andriese didn't panic in the sixth inning Sunday when he allowed the first two Angels batters to reach before facing CF Mike Trout and DH Albert Pujols. In a strange way, Andriese said, it felt like deja vu.

It seems all those late innings he pitched in relief last season paid off for him during his first start this season with the Rays.

"I think that they put me in a lot of different situations last year. Now if I get in that situation in the starting role, say it's the seventh inning and I have runners on first and second, I've been there before," Andriese said. "I feel like that helps. I've done a little bit of everything."

"That's good to hear," manager Kevin Cash said. "That's an interesting perspective to have, to find that type of confidence through a relief role, and I'm glad he did."

Andriese, who faces the A's tonight as the fifth starter, pitched in relief 17 times in 2015 as he bounced between the rotation (eight starts) and the bullpen, and from Triple-A Durham to the Rays.

Cash said that moving around made Andriese more confident. And that was on display against the Angels as Andriese pitched a career-high seven innings in Tampa Bay's 3-1 victory.

"I think it was telling (Andriese) did have guys on base," Cash said, "There wasn't that much panic. It was more, 'I got to make a pitch.' He made pitches, and a lot of times they were double-play balls."

Andriese induced three double-play grounders, including one by Pujols that followed a strikeout of Trout to end the sixth inning.

Forsythe sits again: 2B Logan Forsythe (bruised left shoulder) did not start for the third consecutive game after being hit Monday by a pitch at Seattle. Cash said Forsythe would get more treatment during Friday's game against the A's. As for him playing tonight, Cash said, "We're hopeful."

Boxberger rehab assignment: RHP Brad Boxberger (adductor surgery) will begin his minor-league rehab assignment Sunday in Port Charlotte for the Class A Stone Crabs. Boxberger felt fine Friday, a day after throwing 22 pitches during an extended spring game. "Right now it's not very result oriented," Cash said. "It's more just get through the inning and get through the rehab process. He came in feeling really good (Friday), so that's the best news."

Who's hot? Pearce: 1B Steve Pearce, who entered Friday with a .382 average, a .475 on-base percentage and a .853 slugging percentage in his 10 previous games, singled in a run during his first at-bat.

Noteworthy: RHP Jhan Marinez was traded late Thursday to the Brewers for cash considerations. Marinez had been designated for assignment May 7 to make room for Andriese … RHP prospect Brent Honeywell will miss Sunday's start for Charlotte with right arm tenderness. Stone Crabs manager Michael Johns told the Charlotte Sun Herald the soreness is near Honeywell's elbow and the move is precautionary.

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