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Rays 2012 thread
Posted 01 March 2012 - 02:08 PM
Matt Moore is battling a lower abdominal strain, though it's not thought to be serious.
File this under "Not the best way to win a roster spot". BP candidate Matt Bush drilled Evan Longoria on the right hand with a pitch during a intrasquad game. Longoria will get precautionary x-rays but it is also not thought to be serious.
Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:11 AM
Longoria's hand is better, but still swollen. Looking more like a Tuesday return.
Edited by drtooth, 03 March 2012 - 09:13 AM.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 08:26 AM
If nothing else, David Price may be the winner for the oddest injury of the spring.
Price said the reason he had the neck spasm that forced him to leave the game was that he toweled himself off too vigorously between innings.
"I was just drying my head off in between innings,'' he said. "It's happened to me two times before. The towel just catches the back of my head and it pulls my neck forward. I just felt it a little bit in back of my neck and just wanted to be cautious with it. ... It's spasms, there's a little pop and it just spasms up and gets a little tight.''
Price said he should okay in two-three days and doesn't expect it to impact his next start.
He was scheduled for three innings today.
He had similar issues last spring, and in September last season and pitched through it.
"I'll get a good night's sleep tonight and I should be all right tomorrow,'' he said. "I pull it over my head and I pull it forward and I guess it just catches like the back of my head. I don't know.''
Here are a couple of updates:
* Rays 3B Evan Longoria took swings at flipped balls in the batting tunnels, and stepped into the cage against live pitching just to track balls. If his bruised right hand tolerated the flips well, he will be cleared for the first of two on-field batting practice sessions on Friday.
* OF Sam Fuld said his wrist felt find in his batting practice session and said he was set to make his exhibition debut Friday: "Ready, able, of avail.''
* DH Luke Scott was tentative in the cage and said while his surgically repaired right shoulder felt "good,'' he was "definitely not ready" for game action due to his mechanics, specifically with his front hip.
* LHP Matt Moore looked sharp and healthy in his throwing session, with no limitations from the mild abdominal strain that kept him off the mound for eight days.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 09:01 PM
Posted 10 March 2012 - 09:49 AM
Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:51 PM
Rays CF B.J. Upton said his lower back was a little sore but otherwise he was okay after a scary collision with LF Desmond Jennings in today's exhibition, and expects to miss only a couple days.
"Definitely going to be sore, but other than that shouldn't have any issues,'' Upton said. "I don't think it'll be anything that's going to put me out for a while.''
Jennings said he was fine and could play Thursday. "It just kind of scared me more than hurt,'' he said.
The two were running full out toward a ball hit by Miami's Austin Kearns; both called it, neither heard the other, and they collided.
"Luckily we saw each other and were able to brace for the hit,'' Upton said. "If not, I think we hit face to face.''
Upton said they don't know where they actually hit.
Asked if he now knew why Jennings had been a Div. I college football recruit, Upton said he did, "but I think I held my own in the collision.''
Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:33 PM
#Rays now saying 71 overall (players, coaches, staff, execs) had their heads shaved
Edited by soxhop411, 15 March 2012 - 12:33 PM.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 10:14 PM
More details on the Matt Bush arrest: hit and run on 72-year-old motorcyclist. "Literally the tire on the SUV ran over the driver's head."
Not a smart move by Matt Bush..
Edited by soxhop411, 22 March 2012 - 10:52 PM.
Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:27 PM
Saying Tampa Bay Rays RHP Matt Bush is a "danger to the community" and a "flight risk," Charlotte County circuit judge Nicholas Thompson set the reliever's bond for $1.015 million combined for the seven charges in Saturday hearing.
Bush's court date is scheduled for May 21.
Bush, arrested Thursday on charges of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident that caused serious bodily injury, appeared on close circuit TV, somber as Thompson addressed him. Bush's attorney Russell Kirshy argued for a much smaller bond, saying the 26-year-old is indigent, with a $78,000 minor league salary and just $2,000 in the bank. Kirshy told the judge the Rays had discussed potentially setting Bush up in a rehab facility in the Tampa Bay area, so he can get better.
With Kirshy expecting Bush not posting bond, he'll likely be in jail for a while.
"He understands his career is probably in jeopardy," Kirshy told the court. "And his life is probably in jeopardy."
Posted 25 March 2012 - 05:12 PM
Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:17 PM
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 05:22 AM
Posted 06 April 2012 - 11:29 AM
Posted 06 April 2012 - 06:01 PM
Carlos Pena has a great day in his return to TB with 3 hits, a 1st inning GS off Sabathia, and the game winning single off Rivera in the 9th. Evan Longoria's 3rd inning HR and Ben Zobrist's 9th inning triple accounted for the otehr TB runs. Fernando Rodney gets the win in relief
Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:17 AM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:50 PM
Jake McGee (0-1) and Burke Badenhop combine to give up 3 runs on 4 hits in the bottom of the 8th to break a 2-2 tie. Wasted a great start from Matt Moore(6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 4 K). Desmond Jennings (2 hits) and Evan Longoria drove in the Tampa runs.
Posted 11 April 2012 - 10:33 AM
Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:12 PM
Rays score 4 times in the 9th off Justin Verlander after getting only 1 hit for the first 8 innings. Ben Zobrist's 2-run single off Jose Valverde put TB ahead. Evan Longoria knocked in a run and Jeff Keppinger scored on a Verlander WP. James Shields gets his 1st win of the year (8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K). Fernando Rodney threw a perfect 9th for his 3rd save.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:41 PM
Jeff Niemann gives up 3 runs in the 5th for the loss. The Rays' pen gave up a pair in both the 7th and 8th to put the game out of reach. Carlos Pena (3rd HR) and Evan Longoria each had 2 hits and 1 RBI
Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:04 AM
Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:46 PM
Posted 16 April 2012 - 03:39 PM
Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:40 PM
Tough night in the field for Evan Longoria, as he had 3 errors. Jeff Niemann falls to 0-2 (5 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. 2 HR). Carlos Pena had 3 hits. Matt Joyce had 2 hits, including a solo HR. Reid Brignac and Chris Gimenez drove in the other TB runs
Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:37 AM
Tampa scores 6 in the 9th to put the game away. Tampa gets HRs from Ben Zonrist (2-run), Sean Rodriguez, Matt Joyce and a 9th inning GS from Luke Scott. David Price gets the win to go to 2-1 (5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K)
Posted 19 April 2012 - 05:42 PM
Posted 19 April 2012 - 11:48 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if the Rays claim Brandon Allen off waivers. They could send Vogt back to Durham and stick Allen in his role and have a future first base option.
Rays claim 1B/OF Brandon Allen off of waivers. Being out of options, he will need to stay in the majors.
Hey, I was right.
Seems like he'll get plenty of PH opportunities PHing for either Sean Rodriguez or Molina/Gimenez/backup C du jour. Plus he can backup Peña at 1B, Scott at DH, and play some LF if they need to rest Jennings or Upton.
Edited by derekson, 19 April 2012 - 11:49 PM.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:06 AM
Evan Longoria ( HR, 4 RBI) and Desmond Jennings (HR, 2 RBI) each had 3 hits. Ben Zobrist and Luke Scott each drove in 2 . Jeremy Hellickson bounced back from a rough start against the Sox to get the win
Posted 21 April 2012 - 07:56 AM
Brandon Gomes gets the loss in a 3 run 6th. Matt Joyce's solo HR and Evan Longoria's 2-run HR account pace the offense as TB only manages 5 hits. Stephen Vogt was sent down to make room for the returning BJ Upton. After the game Reid Brignac was sent to AAA to make room for the recently acquired Brandon Allen.
RHP Kyle Farnsworth (elbow) said he's feeling better, and is hoping to begin throwing in a week. He's expected to miss the first four to six weeks of the season. C Jose Lobaton said an MRI Monday on his right shoulder revealed only inflammation, and he's been encouraged with how he's felt - hoping to throw in the next few days.
Posted 21 April 2012 - 11:59 AM
Posted 22 April 2012 - 08:15 AM
BJ Upton cleared the bases in the 6th on a single, with the 3rd run scoring on a Denard Spann throwing era. Evan Longoria drove in the other TB run. James Shields goes to 3-0 with 8+ solid innings (5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K). Fernando Rodney finished it off for his 5th save.
Posted 23 April 2012 - 07:19 AM
Desmond Jennings drove in 3 runs, including a 2-run 5th inning HR. BJ Upton drove in 2 and Ben Zobrist had 1 RBI. Jeff Niemann get his 1st win of the year (5.1 IP,3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K).
Posted 23 April 2012 - 05:00 PM
Posted 23 April 2012 - 06:50 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:53 AM
David Price (3-1) throws a CG 5-hitter (1 BB, 6 K). Tampa get 4 HR's--Desmond Jennings (lead off bottom 1st), Luke Scott, BJ Upton (1st HR) and Carlos Pena
Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:19 AM
Jeremy Hellickson (3-0) gets the win with 6 strong innings (5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K). Rays get RBI from Ben Zobrist (HR), Jeff Keppinger, and Brandon Allen (bases loaded walk), Fernando Rodney picked up his 6th save.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:07 PM
Brandon Allen's PH 2-run HR in the bottom of the 9th gives TB the win. Ben Zobrist and Matt Joyce drive in the other runs.
Posted 28 April 2012 - 06:10 AM
James Shields labors through 6 innings, but goes to 4-0 with the win (11 H,4 R, 0 BB, 8 K). Evan Longoria hit a 3-run 1st inning HR and drove in 4 altogether. TB gets RBI from Ben Zobrist, Luke Scott (solo HR), BJ Upton and Chris Jiminez. Jeff Keppinger and Upton each had 3 hits.
Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:36 AM
Jeff Niemann falls to 1-3 in the loss (5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K). Texas put the game out of reach with 4 7th inning runs off Burke Badenhop. Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce (solo HR) drove in the runs for TB.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:24 AM
David Price goes to 4-1 with the win (6.1 IP,6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K). Ben Zobrist has 3 hits and 1 RBI to pace the offense. Tampa also get RBI from Desmond Jennings, Jeff Keppinger, Luke Scott and Sean Rodriguez.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 05:16 AM