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Latest Rays cuts include USF duo of Shane McClanahan, Phoenix Sanders

Rays reassign five more to minors, trimming spring roster to 49
Tampa Bay Rays rookie pitcher Shane McClanahan warms up on the mound in the bullpen area with Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder (on right) watching during a player workout at Tropicana Field on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
Tampa Bay Rays rookie pitcher Shane McClanahan warms up on the mound in the bullpen area with Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder (on right) watching during a player workout at Tropicana Field on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 in St. Petersburg. [ DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Mar. 12, 2020

PORT CHARLOTTE — USF products Shane McClanahan and Phoenix Sanders both made good impressions during their stay in the Rays major-league camp, which ended Thursday as they were reassigned to the minors.

Three other pitchers were also reassigned: Deck McGuire, Dylan Covey and D.J. Snelten.

The moves reduced the Rays roster to 49, with opening day — at least as scheduled — two weeks from today.

McClanahan pitched on Wednesday, hitting 100 mph once and 99 four times during a 33-pitch, 1⅓ inning outing against a pretty good Red Sox. After a pair of rough spring outings, he posted four straight without allowing a run, though still has an uglier-than-it-was 0-1, 12.00 mark.

McClanahan pitched his way from Class A Bowling Green to advanced Class A Charlotte to Double-A Montgomery last year and will continue to work as a starter.

"He’s exciting to watch,'' manager Kevin Cash said after Wednesday’s game. "It’s going to be fun to see kind of how he continues to develop because he has a chance to be really, really special.''

Sanders pitched five times during the spring, having one rough outing and four pretty good ones in compiling an 0-0, 7.36 mark.