Yonny Chirinos will make his first start of the season for the Rays tonight as they take on the Braves at 6:40 at Tropicana Field.
Chirinos missed more than the first two weeks of Spring 2.0 camp before joining the team on on July 19 and has thrown to hitters only once, 62 pitches over four “innings” in a simulated game on Thursday.
Manager Kevin Cash said Chirinos should be in line for a similar workload to what Tyler Glasnow, who also missed the start of camp due to COVID-19, did on Monday. Glasnow worked four innings, throwing 72 pitches.
Also, the Rays announced that they will take a two-man taxi squad on the road trip to Atlanta and Baltimore that starts Wednesday: pitcher Anthony Banda and infielder Daniel Robertson. The taxi squad is a new rule for this season so teams can have replacements for players who get hurt or become sidelined due to COVID-19 concerns without having to expose them to the risks of commercial air travel to get there.
Teams can bring up to three players, but one has to be a catcher. Cash said the Rays are comfortable having three on the active roster.
Here is the Rays lineup, with shortstop Willy Adames getting a day off and RH Kyle Wright pitching for Atlanta: