Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays put Scott on DL, prepare for Jennings' return

ST. PETERSBURG — As the Rays continue looking to add depth, they initiated a multimove roster shuffle Saturday that put Luke Scott on the disabled list and RHP Brandon Gomes back in their bullpen, and left their bench shorthanded.

Gomes' stay is likely to be short, as CF Desmond Jennings is expected to be activated from the disabled list Monday, restoring a fourth reserve.

Scott hasn't been available since Wednesday due to back spasms that the team felt would keep him out at least several more days. Scott said he is feeling better and "didn't think" he needed to go on the DL, but he understood the Rays' decision given the uncertainty of that type of injury. "There's no crystal ball,'' he said.

Plus, Scott hasn't been very good, going 3-for-30 with no RBIs in his previous 13 games and hitting .249 with nine homers and 39 RBIs total. Scott, who has played in 174 of the Rays' 283 games (61.5 percent) the past two seasons while going on the DL four times and making $8.75 million, is eligible to return Aug. 30, though the team could wait until the Sept. 1 roster expansion.

Gomes had been out since mid May with a lat strain. He was reinstated from the 60-day DL (and to the 40-man roster) but seems likely to be headed back to Triple-A Durham on Monday, with a September return.

Gomes said he felt great but made a huge mistake, allowing an 0-and-2 homer to his first batter, Adam Lind.

Jennings has progressed well in recovery from the Aug. 3 fracture of his left middle finger and will test it against live pitching today playing for Class A Charlotte, planning to join the Rays Monday in Baltimore. "I can do whatever I can tolerate," he said. "It's not pain-free, but it's not killing me."

The fallout affects two others:

• RHP Jesse Crain, rehabbing the shoulder strain he had when acquired from the White Sox, was shifted from the 15- to the 60-day DL (to make room for Gomes), pushing his potential return back to Aug. 29. Maddon said "there's no way" Crain would be ready before then anyway.

• OF Jason Bourgeois, who seemed a short-term replacement for Jennings, will apparently get to stick around longer with Scott out.

STILL LOOKING: The Rays are actively exploring ways to add to their roster via waiver claims and free agents, presumably including OF/DH Delmon Young, who was to clear release waivers Saturday. They also have to take action with INF Ryan Roberts, who was designated for assignment last week. Having Roberts and his $2.95 million contract traded or claimed could help facilitate another move. "We're looking to augment our depth as we head into September," executive VP Andrew Friedman said.

MOORE REST? LHP Matt Moore is scheduled to test his still-sore left elbow by playing catch today but said that was not for sure. "If things feel good, we're going to throw, but if I show up (today) and get in positions that don't feel good, then I'm not going to throw and take another day," he said.

WIL THE THRILL: Rookie OF Wil Myers, 22, was the DH for a third straight game, Maddon seeking to give him rest in his first extended season.

"These young guys that have not really played meaningful September baseball and then even more meaningful October baseball, they get tired, man," Maddon said. "I get people — 'Hey, he's young.' They have no idea. A lot has to do with the mental component of it. And if we keep guys physically strong by keeping them off their feet, it can really help us later."

MISCELLANY: Sun Sports is not televising the Aug.  26 makeup game in Kansas City, which will mark ex-Royals prospect Myers' first game there. … Rained out Saturday, RHP J.D. Martin starts today for Durham seeking a franchise Triple-A record 15th win.

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