UPDATE, 11:31: Cash said Choi felt a tweak in his back but they don’t consider it serious; Choi said he was fine and plans to take BP on Thursday and return to action Friday or Saturday. ... Duffy (hamstring) is set to play Thursday. ... The Red Sox delayed their arrival until close to game time due to a “family emergency” involving a member of the team. No other details are available yet. .. Garcia said he is feeling good and eager to play.
UPDATE, 8;33: There is one change in the Rays lineup in that Choi is out and Nate Lowe is playing first.
So now it looks like this:
Also, reliever Chaz Roe, slowed earlier by back issues, said he will throw live BP on Friday and if all goes well move into games a few days later. RHP Wilmer Font, held back in coming off a lat strain, said he is set for his first action on Saturday.
With a split squad game, the Red Sox are sending a few recognizable names.
Here is their lineup:
Hernández, G. CF,
DEVELOPING: The Rays are back in Port Charlotte today to take on the Red Sox, or at least wearing Red Sox uniforms, as the early spring traveling squad will be further distilled because the Sox also have a game in Fort Myers today.
Also of note, scattered thunderstorms are forecast for much of the afternoon, with the highest percentage chance, 60, set for right around game time.
The Rays today will get a look at Jake Faria, who was sharp early in camp and made an impressive debut on Saturday in Fort Myers, retiring all five batters he faced. Faria, a candidate to work in long relief and/or behind an opener, is slated to come out of the pen today.
Ricardo Pinto, who has big-league time with the Phillies in 2017, is set to start for the Rays, having signed a minor-league deal after spending most of 2018 with the White Sox Triple-A squad. Also slated to pitch for the Rays are Tyler Cloyd, Ryne Stanek, Ian Gardeck, Hoby Milner, Matt Krook, and Curtis Taylor. The Sox are slated to use Josh Smith, Travis Lakins and ex-Ray Erasmo Ramírez, who signed a minor-league deal in the winter,
Wednesday is also set to be the debut of free agent addition outfielder Avisail Garcia, who was held out the first five days of games as part of his rehab plan following off-season knee surgery. He said Tuesday he was feeling good and excited to play.
Here is the Rays lineup that was posted in the clubhouse Tuesday morning, with Yandy Diaz leading off:
Rays spring info
vs. Red Sox (ss), 1:05
Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Rd.
Pitchers: Rays, Ricardo Pinto, Tyler Cloyd, Jake Faria, Ryne Stanek, Ian Gardeck., Hoby Milner, Matt Krook, Curtis Taylor; Red Sox, Josh Smith, Travis Lakins, Erasmo Ramirez.
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