Sunday, February 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays closer Alex Colome hoping for brief DL stay

ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Alex Colome is hoping a few more days' rest for a sore biceps gets him back in the Rays bullpen by early next week.

In the meantime, the injury-depleted Rays will mix and match with several relievers to take his place closing games, including LHP Xavier Cedeno and RHPs Matt Andriese and Erasmo Ramirez. LHP Dana Eveland was called up to fill the open spot.

Colome, 19-for-19 in saves with a 1.76 ERA, was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to June 19, with medial biceps tendinitis after reporting soreness after throwing in the bullpen Saturday in Baltimore. That came after being sick the first part of the week in Cleveland, thus being idle since his June 18 outing vs. San Francisco.

"It's nothing serious," Colome said. "I don't want to push too much and be sore. I want to help the team and be ready as soon as I can. But I don't want to push and lose the whole season."

Manager Kevin Cash said they were "not too concerned" but felt that since Colome would need a few days to work back into game action, the DL stint "made the most sense." Colome is planning to return when eligible Monday; Cash was a bit more cautious.

"We're optimistic that it very well could be there," Cash said. "But now we have the time to get him (to throw) off the mound, potentially face some hitters and see where he's at."

Colome had been filling in for RHP Brad Boxberger, who has been on the DL nearly the entire season and is not expected back until late July. Cash said it will be a team effort for now.

"There's going to be a lot of mixing and matching … piecing it together at the back end," Cash said.

Eveland, who was on the opening day roster and designated for assignment June 15, was re-added to the 40-man roster and brought back up.

GUYER IN, DECKER OUT: OF Brandon Guyer (hamstring strain) will be activated from the DL today after three rehab games (2-for-12) with advanced Class A Charlotte. OF Jaff Decker was designated for assignment.

MEDICAL MATTERS: OF/DH Corey Dickerson was out of the lineup for a third straight game due to a sore left thumb, though he was available to pinch-hit. A Thursday return is possible. … LHP Enny Romero's sore left hand, struck Saturday by a line drive, improved enough that he pitched Tuesday, though not well. … OF Steven Souza Jr. (hip strain) hit and ran the bases but is not ready to start a rehab assignment. He could take part Thursday when RHPs Alex Cobb and Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) throw another live batting practice. That will be the third for Cobb, and he is hoping his last before a rehab assignment.

PRICE CHECK: Former ace LHP David Price said he will be "always and forever" grateful to the Rays organization, but pitching against them is no longer as big a deal, as today will be his fifth time since the July 2014 trade (1-2, 6.75 overall; 0-2, 3.21 at the Trop). Doing so wearing enemy Red Sox colors won't make it different for him, though Price acknowledged "the fan base may feel differently about it."

STARRY EYED: Three Rays prospects were selected to play in the July 10 All-Star Futures Game in San Diego: SS Willy Adames and RHP Chih-Wei Hu for the World team, RHP Ryne Stanek for the U.S. team. All are playing at Double-A Montgomery. Athletic trainer Joe Benge was also chosen.

TINDER ALERT: As part of the effort to break their losing streak Monday, some Rays, at the suggestion of LHP Drew Smyly, put clothing or equipment in a cardboard "burn box."

Though there are no plans to actually incinerate the contents, some players got creative in ridding themselves of items that had been a part of their season to date. CF Kevin Kiermaier, for example, dropped in the arm sleeve he wore the day he broke his left hand. LHP Matt Moore got even more personal, giving up the cup and jockstrap he'd worn all season.

MISCELLANY: Fourth-round pick Easton McGee signed for a reported $676,200, nearly $200,000 above the assigned value. The Kentucky high school right-hander is headed to the GCL. … RHP Andrew Bellatti, DFA'd last week, cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Triple-A Durham.

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