Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays closer Alex Colome hoping for brief DL stay

Alex Colome, out with a sore biceps, says he expects to return from the DL when eligible on Monday, though his manager is more cautious.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Alex Colome, out with a sore biceps, says he expects to return from the DL when eligible on Monday, though his manager is more cautious.

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.

Rays closer Alex Colome hoping for brief DL stay 06/28/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 12:05am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays late-night bullpen shuffle: Alvarado, Pruitt down; Kolarek up

    Blogs

    The Rays shuffled their bullpen again after Tuesday's game, sending down struggling LHP Jose Alvarado along with RHP Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham, and turning next to LHP Adam Kolarek, who will make his major-league debut at age 28,

  2. Rays journal: Alex Cobb brilliant, Alex Colome worrying in 10-inning victory (w/video)

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — RHP Alex Cobb couldn't have been much better for the Rays on Tuesday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning while working eight solid. And Alex Colome couldn't have been much worse, blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb carries a no-hitter into the seventh and pitches eight shutout innings in his best outing of the season.
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb continues to look better and better, which could make the decision whether to trade him tougher. Cobb had a no-hitter through six and threw his biggest pitch with a 1-0 lead in the seventh, getting Josh Bell to roll into a double play.

  4. For good of the Rays, Tim Beckham should embrace move to second

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The acquisition of slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria said a lot of things, most notably that the Rays are serious about making in-season moves to bolster their chances to make the playoffs, with a reliever, or two, next on the shopping list.

    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 27:  Tim Beckham #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with teammates after scoring during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 27, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) 700011399
  5. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park, Pittsburgh

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)