Rays Rumors & News

  • 2h
    Tampa Bay Rays @RaysBaseball

    Steven Souza Jr. was removed with a sprained L wrist in the #Rays 3rd.

  • 7h
    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    Souza out of game, hurt hand on a swing. Joey Butler coming in to replace him. 0-1 count.

  • 11h
    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #rays will recall RHP Preston Guilmet on Sunday .

  • Gravemen, A's offense deliver win vs. Rays

    CSN Bay Area "With his A’s teammates trying to shake off their recent poor play, Kendall Graveman was looking to flush some bad memories of his own. In his first major league start in nearly a month, Graveman delivered the sharp, efficient outing that Oakland needed Saturday in a 5-0 victory over Tampa Bay...." May 24

  • Middle relief comes through again in 5-2 Rays win over A's

    Tampa Tribune "One reason manager Kevin Cash is not quick to attach a nickname to the back of the Rays bullpen — aside from the fact he’s not the nicknaming type — is because to do so would ignore the contributions from some of the other big arms. Cash doesn’t want to slight guys like Brandon Gomes and Steve..." May 23

  • Rays affiliate apologizes for planned ‘A-Rod Juice Night’

    Tampa Tribune "A sweet promotion by the Tampa Bay Rays’ minor-league affiliate making fun of the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez is off after it hit a sour note with the New York Yankees. The Charlotte Stone Crabs had been advertising tonight’s game against the Tampa Yankees as “A-Rod Juice Box Night.” The..." May 23

  • Rays alone in first place after topping Oakland 3-0

    Tampa Tribune "Before manager Kevin Cash turned the game over to the bullpen Thursday night, before David DeJesus delivered another big hit for the Tampa Bay Rays, there was Alex Colome. His outing was short against the Oakland A’s, but it was pretty sweet. Cash called it a “bounce-back start.” Catcher..." May 22

  • Perez hands Braves more than expected, propels Atlanta to win

    Fox Sports South "The Atlanta Braves got a gutty starting performance from rookie Williams Perez on Wednesday and found a way to make two runs on just five hits hold up to beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1. Five different hitters collected hits while five pitchers combined to hold Tampa Bay to one run on eight hits...." May 21

  • Drew Smyly to try rest, rehab for possible return this season

    ESPN.com "Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Drew Smyly's season might not be over just yet. The team said last week that Smyly would miss the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury, but on Tuesday, manager Kevin Cash intimated that the pitcher might be able to return this season. Instead of..." May 21

  • Bullpen makes sure Rays rally stands up at Turner field

    Tampa Tribune "Jake McGee made his season debut Sunday in Minnesota, but that was in the seventh inning of a seven-run game and simply provided the left-hander with an opportunity to acclimate himself to pitching in a big-league game. But Tuesday night at Turner Field against the big lefties in the Atlanta..." May 20

  • Optimism about Smyly returning this year

    Tampa Tribune "The Rays remain hopeful that LHP Drew Smyly can return this season from the torn labrum that sent him back to the disabled list. Manager Kevin Cash said before tonight’s game with the Braves at Turner Field that “We’re optimistic.” Cash said Smyly will meet Thursday with the training staff..." May 19

  • 6d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    Per #Rays, Matt Moore (TJ surgery) threw 31 pitches (21 K) to 8 batters in simulated game in Port Charlotte - 3 Ks, 1 reached on E-5.

  • 6d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays LHP Riefenhauser (shoulder) threw 21 pitches in sim game after Moore

  • Rays come out swinging in 11-3 rout of Twins

    Tampa Tribune "After receiving scant run support through his first eight starts, Chris Archer had no complaints Sunday. The Rays backed Archer with a 19-hit attack, led by Evan Longoria and James Loney, and Archer did the rest, dominating the Twins for six innings in an 11-3 rout that ended Tampa Bay’s..." May 18

  • 7d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays lineup: Kiermaier cf, Forsythe DH, Longoria 3b, Loney 1b, Guyer rf, DeJesus lf, Cabrera SS, Franklin 2b, Wilson c, Archer p

  • Rays activate infielder Nick Franklin from the disabled list

    Hardball Talk "Following Saturday afternoon’s loss to the Twins, the Rays activated infielder Nick Franklin from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for him, pitcher Andrew Bellatti was optioned to Triple-A Durham. Franklin suffered a strained left oblique towards the end of spring training, so he opened..." May 17

  • Twins stay strong at home with 6-4 win over Tampa Bay

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Trevor May on Saturday was given a chance to pitch deeper into a game than he ever has in the majors. But the Twins righthander loused it up by throwing a fastball over the middle of the plate that Tampa Bay’s Tim Beckham hammered into the left field stands for a tying, two-run homer in the..." May 17

  • McGee back; Rays keep closer options open

    Tampa Bay Times "LHP Jake McGee rejoined the Rays on Friday, saying he expected to be eased back into high-leverage situations after recovering and rehabbing from elbow surgery but eventually to return to closing at least some games. Manager Kevin Cash said that is likely to be the case. But he also said RHP..." May 16

  • Twins return home with 3-2 victory over Rays

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Phil Hughes waited near the entrance of the Twins dugout after the top of the sixth inning ended Friday night to greet left fielder Eduardo Escobar. Escobar had just thrown out James Loney, who was trying to stretch a single into a double. It was an interesting scene — an inning earlier, Hughes..." May 16

  • Ramirez makes strong pitch for rotation spot as Rays beat Yanks

    Tampa Tribune "Erasmo Ramirez said he’s willing do whatever’s needed – start games, finish games, pitch in the middle innings of games. “I just do my part,” he said, “and wait for news.” Right now the news is that the Tampa Bay Rays are in need of a starter to replace Drew Smyly in the rotation, and..." May 15

  • Judge Grants Class-Action Status To Sports TV Blackout Antitrust Case

    Deadspin.com "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15

  • The 2015 MLB All-Star Game caps have apparently been leaked

    Hardball Talk "Via Phil Hecken of Uni Watch, the caps for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game have apparently been leaked. Check them out below: This year’s All-Star Game is set to take place in Cincinnati. Just in case it wasn’t obvious, these caps were inspired by the pillbox hat of Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs. The..." May 15

  • Rays closer Jake McGee expected to make season debut this weekend

    Hardball Talk "Rays closer Jake McGee, who’s been on the disabled list all season following December elbow surgery, is on the verge of returning. Manager Kevin Cash told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times: “I think we’ll see him at some point over the weekend.” Tampa Bay begins a three-game series with..." May 15

  • MLB's culture clash, or why baseball is boring

    Vice Sports "Emilio Bonifacio of the Chicago White Sox cracked a home run Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds and made a big show of flipping his bat. He saluted the gods, rounded the bases with his arms out as if he were an airplane, and when he crossed home? He leaped into the crowd, giving fans a chance to..." May 15

  • Another rocky start, but another comeback win for Rays

    Tampa Tribune "By the time he had thrown his eighth straight ball and walked the second straight batter to start the game, Nathan Karns’ thoughts were boiled down to a single one: “Better throw a strike sometime soon. That’s about it. I got a nice cheer from the crowd when I got the first one in, so that was..." May 14

  • Injured Smyly deciding on his next step

    Tampa Tribune "Rays LHP Drew Smyly flew to Dallas on Wednesday to have the torn labrum in his left shoulder examined today by Keith Meister, the Rangers’ team doctor. Smyly, who already underwent one MRI and was examined by Koco Eaton, the Rays’ team doctor, is seeking a second opinion before deciding on..." May 14

  • Archer bounces back from bad start, leads Rays over Yankees

    Tampa Tribune "Designated hitter David DeJesus was in the batting cage behind the Rays dugout in the top of the first inning swinging away, while out on the field the Yankees were doing the same against Chris Archer. Two hits, a walk, two more hits and the Yankees built a two-run lead. Archer had yet to..." May 13

  • Rays Claim Preston Guilmet, Place Drew Smyly On 60-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have announced that the team claimed righty Preston Guilmet off waivers from the Blue Jays (via Matt Stein of Sports Talk Florida, Twitter links). To create a 40-man roster spot, Tampa moved lefty Drew Smyly to the 60-day DL. " May 13

  • Yanks hit homer after homer to finally get CC first win

    New York Post "With his first win of the season secured, CC Sabathia stood inside the door to the Yankees’ clubhouse and waited to fist bump those who helped him stop the longest losing streak of his stellar career. One by one, the Yankees entered the room, happy the popular lefty no longer had a zero in the..." May 12

  • McGee could return to Rays on road trip

    MLB.com "Rays manager Kevin Cash reported some good news concerning the team's health on Monday. Cash noted about reliever Jake McGee, "We're optimistic to see him early on in the road trip." "Don't hold me to that, that's just kind of our thought," Cash said. "He seems to be bouncing back really..." May 11

  • Rodriguez, Beltre deliver for Rangers in win over Rays

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Wandy Rodriguez allowed one run in six innings Sunday after being perfect through five, and Adrian Beltre drove in both Texas Rangers runs as they salvaged a split of their four-game series against Tampa Bay with a 2-1 victory. Rodriguez established the Rangers’ franchise record for consecutive..." May 11

  • Smyly seeking second opinion

    Tampa Tribune "LHP Drew Smyly will undergo a second MRI today on his left shoulder to get a second opinion after the first MRI taken last week that revealed a tear in the labrum. There is a strong possibility Smyly is headed toward season-ending surgery, though team officials stressed Sunday that decision has..." May 11

  • As Rays deal with rotation injuries, stopgaps transitioning into replacements

    Fox Sports Florida "OK, now the rotation injuries have become ridiculous. Remember when the Tampa Bay Rays appeared to dodge two landmines in March, after Alex Cobb was diagnosed with right forearm tendinitis and Drew Smyly with left shoulder tendinitis? There was no ducking from the booms of the past week,..." May 11

  • 14d
    Matt Baker @MBakerTBTimes

    Today's #Rays lineup: Guyer LF Souza RF Longoria 3B Forsythe 1B Butler DH Cabrera SS Beckham 2B Kiermaier CF Rivera C Odorizzi RHP

  • Rays bats come through in 7-2 win over Rangers

    Tampa Tribune "Their pitching may be in disarray, but the power bats of the Tampa Bay Rays are on a serious roll. With veteran Evan Longoria and rookie Steven Souza each hitting a three-run homer, the Rays downed Texas 7-2 Saturday night before an announced crowd of 20,943 that saw Tampa Bay even its..." May 10

  • Rays' Drew Smyly likely to need season-ending surgery

    Tampa Bay Times "LHP Drew Smyly's recurring shoulder problems include a tear in his labrum that seems likely to require season-ending surgery, the Tampa Bay Times has learned. Smyly, 25, was placed back on the disabled list Friday after experiencing stiffness and tightness during and after his Tuesday start in..." May 10

  • 15d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays lineup: Guyer cf, Souza rf, Longoria DH, Forsythe 3b, Butler lf, Loney 1b, Cabrera ss, Beckham 2b, Rivera C, Andriese p

  • 15d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Odorizzi says he's feeling "a lot better today," would seem like a Sunday start is reasonable

  • Drew Smyly on DL with shoulder soreness

    Tampa Bay Times "As if the Rays hadn't had enough drama after RHP Alex Cobb announced before Friday's game that he'd have Tommy John surgery, the Rays moved LHP Drew Smyly back to the disabled list because of left shoulder soreness, yet another storyline in a saga of pitching injuries. Smyly began the campaign..." May 09

  • 15d
    Jeff Wilson @JeffWilson_FWST

    Rays scratch Jake Odorizzi (flu) from his Saturday start. Matt Andriese to start. Sunday starter TBA after Drew Smyly hits DL.

  • Karns pitches deep into Rays win over Texas

    Tampa Tribune "This time, they let Nathan Karns pitch ... and pitch ... and pitch. The Tampa Bay Rays rookie went deep into Friday’s start, deeper than any start of his big league career and set career highs for pitches thrown and strikeouts. The offense showed up and the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 in..." May 09

  • Rangers get off to fast start, hold off Rays for fourth-straight win

    Dallas Morning News "BREAKDOWN The arms: LHP Alex Claudio retired all four hitters faced, including two left-handed hitters, in the fifth and sixth innings to earn his first major-league win. Left-handed hitters are 1-for-8 against Claudio. … RHPs Shawn Tolleson and Neftali Feliz struck out four of the last five..." May 08

  • Rays ace Alex Cobb to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week there was some talk of Alex Cobb trying the rest-and-rehab route after an MRI exam showed a torn elbow ligament, but the Rays announced that the 27-year-old right-hander has decided to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Cobb has been on the disabled list all season..." May 08

  • Rays' Cobb considering Tommy John surgery

    The Score "Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb indicated Thursday that he'll likely undergo season-ending surgery if he fails to experience improvement in his partially torn elbow ligament over the next few weeks. Cobb, who had a platelet-rich plasma injection earlier this week in an effort to speed up..." May 08

  • Bullpen strong, Longoria homers twice as Rays beat Red Sox 5-3

    Tampa Tribune "Mookie Betts turned into the biggest bat in the Boston lineup the past two games at Fenway Park, so what did Brad Boxberger do when facing Betts in a key spot in the ninth inning? He walked him … to bring up Dustin Pedroia. “I figured I had a better chance against Pedroia and anyone else who’s..." May 07

  • MLB commissioner remains open to 154-game schedule

    Sporting News "In his first year as commissioner, Rob Manfred already has overseen an improvement in pace of play on the field. Might he be up for shortening the length of the season, too? Manfred certainly appears open to the possibility. At a news conference Wednesday night in Houston, Manfred indicated..." May 07

  • 17d
    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #rays Longoria had started 198 straight games, longest streak in majors. Played in 270 straight games, also mlb longest streak

  • Rays’ Cobb will try to pitch with tear in elbow

    Tampa Tribune "Rays right-hander Alex Cobb has a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, according to a team source, leaving his return to the team this season in question. Matt Silverman, the club’s president of baseball operations, said Tuesday the immediate plan calls for rest and..." May 06

  • Mookie Betts powers Red Sox to win over Rays

    Boston Herald "If Mookie Betts was in a slump, the Red Sox couldn’t tell. He was still hitting line drives with authority, kept coming to the park with his all-natural confidence and strolled through the clubhouse like a warm breeze. Sox manager John Farrell said he noticed no changes in Betts’ personality,..." May 06

  • 19d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    Have confirmed #Rays Cobb does have partial tear in elbow ligament as reported earlier, will try to pitch through it.