Heading into their fourth game of the season, the Rays had to make a second change to their opening-day bullpen.
Veteran right-hander Chaz Roe, who re-signed just before spring training opened, was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain and may miss up to 12 weeks.
Roe pitched on Friday, facing four batters. He struck out the first two, then allowed a triple and a walk. Manager Kevin Cash said Roe didn’t feel right on Saturday, reported some pain on Sunday and was seen by a doctor Monday in Boston. He will be shut down from throwing.
“It’s unfortunate,” Cash said. “He’s going to miss fairly significant time.”
Right-hander Chris Mazza, who was acquired in a pre-spring trade with Boston, was activated from the five-man taxi squad to take his place. Mazza is related to Yankees great Joe DiMaggio.
Mazza who was with the team in Boston on the taxi squad, said he is built up to 50-60 pitches and can be used in just about any situation.
Saturday, the Rays placed lefty reliever Ryan Sherriff on the restricted list after he told them he needed to take some time away from the game. Joe Odom was added to the roster in his place as a third catcher.
* Tyler Glasnow said the stiff back that bothered him but didn’t impact his pitching on opening day feels better. He expects to be 100 percent for Tuesday’s start in Boston.
* Though the Rays have called up two of the five players on the taxi squad, Cash said they are not planning to bring additional players to Boston for the series, which ends with a Wednesday matinee.
* Michael Wacha will start for the Rays, having made one previous regular season start at Fenway Park (last year for the Mets), but two in the 2013 World Series for the Cardinals. He won Game 1 before losing the decisive sixth game.
* The Rays go into play tonight having won eight straight games at Fenway Park, their longest winning streak at any opponents’ stadium, and the longest streak there by a visitor since the Jays won 15 over the 1987-89 seasons. The Rays’ last loss at Fenway was June 8, 2019, and they are 13-1 there since Aug. 19. 2018. Also of note, the Rays have scored eight or more runs in their last six games in Boston.
Here is the Rays’ Monday lineup against the Red Sox:
And for the Red Sox:
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