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Rays' Taylor Guerrieri gets stitches after hitting head on bathtub

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Taylor Guerrieri (56) plays catch during an unofficial workout at Rays Spring Training at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Taylor Guerrieri (56) plays catch during an unofficial workout at Rays Spring Training at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.
Published Mar. 5, 2017

PORT CHARLOTTE — Prospect RHP Taylor Guerrieri had the most adventurous day of any of the Rays on Saturday and he didn't even play.

Guerrieri needed stitches to close a cut near his right eyebrow after hitting his head on the bathtub of his rental home.

Guerrieri, 24, said he was in the bathroom early Saturday, felt lightheaded and about to faint so he braced himself but fell and hit his head on the corner of the tub. Guerrieri said he didn't know why he passed out — that he wasn't sick or dehydrated — and felt fine later. He was checked at the team complex and was later sitting in the clubhouse applying ice and gauze. After the swelling went down he got a couple stitches.

"It'll make a great story, I guess," he said.

Guerrieri didn't work out Saturday but said he doesn't expect to miss any pitching time.

A sharp WBC tuneup

RHP Chris Archer looked ready in a sharp three-inning outing — no baseunnners, five strikeouts, 97 mph on the gun — in his second and final outing before starting for Team USA in Friday's World Baseball Classic opener. "I felt really good today," he said. "Full intensity, under control."

Archer showed a pause in his delivery on some of the 49 pitches, something he is "tinkering with" to get to "a strong balance point" when over the rubber to allow him to stay behind the ball.

Archer will join the U.S. team Monday for a minicamp in Fort Myers, but said whether he pitches again in later rounds or returns to the Rays "is to be determined" based on his and the WBC schedule.

Odorizzi on call

RHP Jake Odorizzi could end up in the WBC as well. Odorizzi replaced Oakland's Sonny Gray on the U.S. team reserve list — the designated pitcher pool — and could be added to the roster if the team advances to the second or third round.

First experience

Michael McKenry had played 1,033 games in the majors, minors and spring training, but Saturday was the first in which he had manned first base. Manager Kevin Cash said the assignment was primarily to get McKenry at-bats, and that he would get more time later at his usual catcher position.

But McKenry said the Rays mentioned first base as a possibility when signing him to a minor-league deal.

"I'm just going to try to go out and do what I can and try to take the catcher's mentality out there and have fun," he said. "My wife (Jaclyn) just told me, 'Just don't drop to two knees and block a ball.' She's like, 'you've got a big glove, use your glove.' "

Game report: Rays lose 1-0 to Orioles

LHP Blake Snell, pitching in relief, allowed the only run on a seventh-inning double, wild pitch and ground out. … The Rays (5-3-1) were held to four singles; a strong wind kept several deep drives in the park. … Nonroster RHP Tommy Hunter looked good, hitting one and striking out three.

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Spring things

•C Wilson Ramos, eyeing a May return from right knee surgery as a DH, worked out on the field for the first time though don't read too much into it as even manager Kevin Cash was surprised.

•The Rays will at least look into signing INF Brett Lawrie, who becomes a free agent today after being released by the White Sox, intrigued by his right-handed bat.


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