UPDATE. 6:01: Cash said there should be “no effect, no excuse” for the players from the unusual travel schedule, and that he feeels they did the right thing in waiting until this morning rather than risk a long delay Monday night, and they got to Miami in time for players to take naps if they wanted to. ... Cash said they don’t expect to name a third starter to replace injured Tyler Glasnow but expect to keep mixing and matching with openers. For example, he said Yonny Chirinos will pitch in the series opener in New York on Friday but they don’t know if he will start or work behind an opener. ... Brent Honeywell’s comeback from Tommy John surgery will be further delayed as another exam by Dr. James Andrews confirmed a nerve irritation in his upper arm and as a result he will rest for another week and then be re-evaluated. What looked at one point to be a June return to pitching regularly in games, even at the Triple-A level, is not likely pushed back into July or August.
DEVELOPING: After a change in travel plans due to weather issues led them to make an unusual day of game flight, albeit a short one, to Miami, the Rays are set to take on the majors-worst Marlins tonight at 7:10.
Veteran Charlie Morton, unbeaten in eight starts but unhappy with 21 walks in 44 1/3 innings, will be on the mound for the Rays. Lefty Caleb Smith, who is one of the few success for the 10-win Marlins, will start for Miami in the opener of a quick two-game interleague series.
The Rays are coming off a disappointing weekend at home, losing two of three to the Yankees.
The Rays originally were to fly from Tampa to Miami at 5 p.m. Monday, but a series of weather-related issues, including closing of the runway at Tampa International, delayed the arrival of their plane and crew, and then would have pushed back their departure to the point, with another storm expected to blow through, to where they didn’t want to chance an extended wait. Instead they rescheduled for a 9 a.m. flight this morning, and were at their hotel by 11 a.m.
With no DH during the two games under NL rules, the Rays have a five-man bench. Here is their lineup:
And for the Marlins: