UPDATE, 11:56: With the Rays playing two games Thursday and making a cross-state trip Friday to play the Nationals in West Palm Beach, top prospect Wander Franco is expected to see some action with the big-league team, off the bench in the home game on Thursday and possibly starting on Friday.
Also, there is an update on minor-league infielder INF Kevin Padlo, who has been sidelined since start of camp with what the team described as a “non-baseball illness.'' He is expected to be cleared to resume baseball activities around March 4, all tests so far have had “positive results,” and he is back in Port Charlotte area. No other information available yet.
DEVELOPING: The Rays (1-1-1) make their second road trip of the spring today, heading north to face the Orioles in Sarasota.
Veteran Charlie Morton, coming off the heaviest workload of his career, will be on the mound for the Rays making his first spring start.
Both Brandon Lowe and Austin Meadows are back in the Rays lineup after missing Tuesday’s game to attend to their spring rental home, which was threatened by brushfires in the Port Charlotte area.
They got word of the situation and raced over to get their wives out, plus some personal items and also their dogs. All are safe and they may be able to move back in this week.
Lowe relayed the call about the fire from wife Madison: “Last thing I heard was, “We can’t get out, there’s smoke everywhere,” “ Lowe said. “I was terrified what might actually happen.”
Here is the Rays lineup:
B. Lowe 2b
N. Lowe dh
Others scheduled to pitch for the Rays include Jalen Beeks, Chaz Roe, Pete Fairbanks and Trevor Richards.
Here is the Orioles split squad lineup: