Rays reassign 10 in trimming roster to 30; still have decisions to make

Veteran Emilio Bonifacio, impressive pitcher Cole Sulser among those sent to minor-league camp.
Rays second baseman Emilio Bonifacio (64) practices his swing in the dugout during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies in February at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte. [TAILYR IRVINE | Times]
Rays second baseman Emilio Bonifacio (64) practices his swing in the dugout during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies in February at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte. [TAILYR IRVINE | Times]
Published March 22
Updated March 22

The Rays reassigned 10 players to minor-league camp before Friday’s final Port Charlotte game of the spring to reduce their roster to 30 but still have decisions to make on a final bullpen spot or two and whether Matt Duffy will be on the active roster or injured list.

The 10 sent down include veteran infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, who came to camp without much promise of a job, and righthander Cole Sulser, who impressed with his strike-throwing after coming over from the Indians in the Jake Bauers-Yandy Diaz trade. Several will continue to play for the Rays in the four remaining exhibitions:

Also sent down were:

OF Jason Coats

RH Oliver Drake

C Mac James

RH Andrew Kittredge

LH Hoby Milner

RH Casey Sadler

OF Jake Smolinski

IF/OF Kean Wong

The Rays have 30 players left in camp, with two — Anthony Banda and Jose De Leon — headed next week to the IL. So of the 28, that leaves outfielder Guillermo Heredia as an option if Duffy is not ready, and Adam Kolarek, Emilio Pagan and Hunter Wood competing for a final bullpen spot, as Jalen Beeks seems likely to be on the team as a third bulk-inning guy.

Manager Kevin Cash said they’ll need the depth, that Sulser was perhaps the most impressive and that Bonifacio has permission to look for a job elsewhere.






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