Monday, January 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays journal: Tim Beckham "shocked," ready for fresh start

HOUSTON — Having been with the Rays organization — through good times and bad — since being the top pick of the 2008 draft, Tim Beckham didn't know what to do after being told Monday he was traded to the Orioles.

"Shocked," Beckham said. "Crazy part about it, I walked out of the office, I was like I didn't know which way to go. Kind of a crazy feeling. Never had this feeling before."

Talking about the Rays as "we" then catching himself and saying "they," Beckham said he appreciated the chance to play every day this year, thanked the fans for their support and wished his ex-mates well.

"And now it's on to a new chapter," he said.

But noting that the Orioles and Rays have two more series remaining this season, Beckham said he already was "looking forward" to playing against them.

"To come into town in a couple weeks and compete against these guys, it's going to be fun," he said. "Hope they're looking forward to it. I definitely am, so let's get after it."

The Rays made the move to give Brad Miller more opportunity at second base, but Beckham wasn't concerned with the specifics.

"I don't know why I got traded," he said. "It is what it is. Control the controllables. I can't control what they're doing in the front office. … I guess they feel like it's a better fit for the team. And if it is, best of luck to them."

The Orioles were excited to get him, with plans to play him at short, at least until JJ Hardy comes back later this month, GM Dan Duquette telling Baltimore media, "What I like about Tim Beckham is he's 27 years old and to me, it looks like he's just learning how to hit. He has an opportunity to help our ballclub not just this year, but in the future."

Miller ready to roll

Miller is excited — in a season marred by a slow start and two DL stints — to get the opportunity to be in the lineup pretty much every day at second. "I'm just looking forward to playing like I think I'm capable of, I know I'm capable of," he said. "I'm excited to play to my capability and really kind of bring some energy and finish strong here."

Introducing Tobias Myers

In return for Beckham, the Rays got back a low-level pitching prospect: RHP Tobias Myers, an 18-year-old from Winter Haven who was a sixth-round pick in the 2006 draft. Myers is 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA in seven starts for Aberdeen in the short-season Class A NY-Penn League.

Quote of the day

"This interview is not going to go on that long."

Rays manager Kevin Cash, when asked to detail other deals the Rays explored before Monday's trade deadline.

Medical matters

Logan Morrison's bruised left heel improved enough for him to return to the lineup Monday against the Astros at DH with plans to be back at first base tonight. … CF Kevin Kiermaier (hip) is likely to be idled at least a few more days to back tightness that interrupted his rehab with the Class A Stone Crabs and could push back his projected Aug. 8 return. … RHP Jake Odorizzi (back) played catch at the Trop and is expected to throw off the mound Wednesday. … RHP Matt Andriese (hip) threw 37 pitches off the Trop mound and could start a rehab assignment by the end of next week. … INF Daniel Robertson (neck) is slated to transfer his rehab to Triple-A Durham today.

Miscellany

. RHP Alex Cobb had a rough start against the Astros in Monday's game that was not over by press time, allowing eight runs on nine hits and two walks in three innings.

. Lucas Duda was the second player to homer in his first two games with the Rays, joining troubled OF Elijah Dukes, who did so in 2007 in his first two big-league games.

. INF Taylor Featherston wore No. 21 during his first stint with the Rays, but that number given to Duda, so when he returned Monday he got No. 17.

   
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