Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' Odorizzi happy with stuff despite loss to Red Sox (w/ video)

BOSTON — The results, of course, were bad, the Rays losing for the 22nd time in 25 games, 4-0 to the Red Sox.

But despite giving up three runs in the first inning and four total, RHP Jake Odorizzi felt pretty good about how he pitched, attributing the damage to good hitting by the Red Sox and the Fenway factor of the short, tall wall.

"Yeah, everything kind of came together for the most part," he said. "Not results, but fastball location was good, my pitch count was manageable. …

"The peripherals are what it is, but from a personal standpoint I'm not going to lie to myself, I thought I had good stuff. If I didn't, I'd tell you guys. So I'm encouraged going into the second half."

The Rays limited Odorizzi to five innings so they could get work for RHP Matt Andriese, who went a sharp 22/3 innings, and All-Star RH closer Alex Colome.

GAME STUFF: Ex-mate LHP David Price, making unexpected use of his changeup, held the Rays to four hits in eight innings and struck out 10. … David Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the first, the 22nd of his farewell season.

KK EAGER: CF Kevin Kiermaier figures to be the happiest man in Port Charlotte today as he plays his first rehab game, with it being "almost a for-sure thing" he'll rejoin the Rays lineup on Friday.

Kiermaier said the fractures in his left hand healed quickly after surgery following the May 21 incident when he was hurt trying to make a catch, but he revealed there also were some complications with his wrist that required a recent cortisone shot.

"The CT scan showed nothing in my wrist right after the injury, but definitely something wasn't right in there even though there was no structural damage or anything like that," Kiermaier said.

Calling it "a weird, funky thing" for lack of a more specific term — "I was never any good at anatomy in high school or college" — Kiermaier said there was inflammation in the wrist and discomfort when he swung.

"Once I got that cortisone shot a week and a half, two weeks ago, that was a game changer," Kiermaier said. "It feels good now."

Kiermaier will play for the Gulf Coast League team in Port Charlotte today, take swings in live batting practice Tuesday against rehabbing RHPs Brad Boxberger (oblique) and Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) then play for the advanced Class A Stone Crabs Wednesday and Thursday.

Once he rejoins the Rays, he said he hopes to make up for missed time and play every day the rest of the season.

"I'm going to be the happiest person ever out there in centerfield again," Kiermaier said. "I'm not programmed to have a lot of down time, and that's what I've had."

REHAB REPORT: RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) will make his second rehab start tonight for the Stone Crabs in Daytona Beach, targeting an early August return.

SOUZA OUT: Pulled from a game last week due to a lack of hustle, OF Steven Souza Jr. was off Sunday for what manager Kevin Cash said amounted to a mental break: "He's probably putting a lot of pressure on himself to come through. You can tell the frustration a little bit with him."

ALL-STAR ALEX: Colome headed to San Diego after the game, hitching a ride with Ortiz and other Red Sox players and staff on an MLB-chartered jet, for his first All-Star experience.

"I'm excited," Colome said. "I'm going to have fun. And represent my team."

FUTURE STARS: Three Rays prospects were set to participate in Sunday night's All-Star Futures Game. SS Willy Adames went 0-for-2 and RHP Chih-Wei Hu pitched an impressive 1-2-3 inning for the World team. RHP Ryne Stanek, pitching for the U.S., was touched for four runs on five hits.

MISCELLANY: OF Brandon Guyer was hit twice by Price pitches, pushing his majors-leading total to 20. … The Rays were shut out for the sixth time. … 3B Evan Longoria logged his 24th double. … The Rays will have an optional workout Thursday at the Trop.

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