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Rays’ Isaac Paredes eyeing a happy homecoming in Detroit

Notes | After hitting two homers in a game against his ex-mates in mid-May, the infielder wants to do more.
The Rays' Isaac Paredes claps after he drives in a run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning of Wednesday's game at Tropicana Field.
The Rays' Isaac Paredes claps after he drives in a run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning of Wednesday's game at Tropicana Field. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]
Published Aug. 3|Updated Aug. 3

ST. PETERSBURG — Isaac Paredes had a pretty good time facing his former Tigers teammates for the first time in mid-May at Tropicana Field, especially hitting two home runs in the series finale.

With the Rays playing in Detroit starting on Thursday, Paredes is eyeing a repeat performance.

“Of course,” he said Wednesday via team interpreter Manny Navarro. “Hopefully things come out better.”

Paredes was acquired by the Tigers in July 2017 and made his big-league debut with them as a 21-year-old in August 2020. He played 57 games over two seasons before being traded to the Rays this spring and is eager for a homecoming visit.

“I think it’s going to be good,” he said. “I’m going to be able to see my teammates from the other side. Things can be a little weird being on the opposing side. But I’ve grown to love this team, and now this is the team I’m on.”

Pitching in

With two off days next week, the Rays are considering going with a bullpen game Sunday in Detroit (when Drew Rasmussen is in line to pitch), allowing all members of their rotation to get extra rest between starts.

“We’re not quite sure how we’re going to navigate through it with (Wednesday’s) game and then three more, and then we’ll see where we’re at bullpen-wise and starters,” manager Kevin Cash said. “It’s going to be some plus-two (days of rest), plus-threes in there for the starters.”

Rasmussen and lefty Jeffrey Springs, who starts Thursday, would figure to benefit from the break as both are carrying heavier workloads having transitioned from relievers to starters.

Springs, for example, has already thrown 73-1/3 innings, approaching his 2018 total of 88-2/3 (mostly in the minors) and heading toward his career high of 112 -1/3 in 2017, when he was a starter most of the season at the Class A level.

“I feel good,” Springs said. “If you’d have asked me this offseason or last year … I don’t know, I might have a different answer. But right now, I’m kind of surprised at how I feel, to be honest, just with the offseason I had, the surgery (to repair a torn ACL in his right knee) and everything.

“But I understand they’re managing the workload ... pitch count, things like that. But overall, I feel good. I’m excited for the next two months to kind of see where we can take it and run with it as long as possible. Hoping to be a big part of it, so I’m pretty happy with where I’m at.”

Miscellany

The Rays improved to 19-16 in one-run games and posted their 17th come-from-behind win. … Nick Anderson (elbow surgery) had a second solid rehab outing for Triple-A Durham on Tuesday. … Matt Wisler said his stiff neck is improving and that he played catch Tuesday with hopes of returning next week; Cash said it was too soon to set a timetable until he throws off the mound and may need a rehab outing. … Catcher Francisco Mejia (shoulder) accompanied the team on the flight to Detroit with the expectation he will be activated from the injured list when eligible Friday. So did Tyler Glasnow (Tommy John elbow surgery), so he could throw his next bullpen sessions in front of pitching coach Kyle Snyder. Glasnow, who has a chance to return late this season, is tentatively slated to start facing hitters on Aug. 20.

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