Saturday, March 31, 2012
Outfielders Anthony Scelfo and Chris Murrill and right-handed pitcher David Kubiak were dropped by the organization. Scelfo and Murrill were expected to be with Montgomery.
Scelfo hit .253 last year, his second at high-Class A Charlotte. He was an eighth-round draft pick in 2008 from Tulane, where he also played quarterback.
Murrill was a .279 hitter in just 45 games last season for the Stone Crabs. The Mobile native was a 35th-rounder in 2009.
Kubiak was a 36th-round pick last year and had a 3.20 ERA in 25 1/3 innings between the GCL Rays and Princeton.
O'Conner, who celebrates his 20th birthday today, had surgery a year ago on the other hip, but the Rays don't think it's related to his current problems.
O'Conner wasn't expected to make a full-season roster anyway. He hit .157 with Princeton last season.
TRIPLE-A -- O'Malley ss (dh in 6th), Beckham dh (ss in 6th), Guyer cf, Vogt dh, Mangini 3b, Gimenez c (Ashley in 6th), Anderson lf, Wrigley 1b (Miranda in 6th), Coon rf, Figueroa 2b
DOUBLE-A -- Lee ss, Velasquez cf, Bortnick 2b, Sheridan 1b (Sexton in 6th), Thomas c (dh in 6th), Kang rf, Luna 3b (Price in 6th), Salem lf, Albernaz dh (c in 6th), Wendt dh
HIGH-CLASS A -- Mahtook cf, Wunderlich 1b, Tinoco 3b (Torrez in 6th), Dietrich ss, Bailey c (dh in 6th), Rogers lf (Morrison in 6th), Acosta dh, Estrada 2b (Guevara in 6th), Torres dh, Kiermaier rf
LOW-CLASS A -- Brett 2b, Vettleson rf, Glaesmann lf, Seitzer dh (1b in 6th), Malm 1b (dh in 6th), Carter cf (Caminero in 6th), Rice dh (c in 6th), Hager ss (Querecuto in 6th), Goeddel 3b (Motter in 6th), Segovia c (dh in 6th)
Friday, March 30, 2012
Tampa Bay still has 79 pitchers, 19 catchers, 34 infielders and 21 outfielders in minor league camp.
TRIPLE-A -- O'Malley 2b, Beckham ss (Figueroa in 6th), Guyer rf, Vogt c, Mangini 3b, Miranda 1b, Gimenez dh, Anderson lf, Ashley dh, Coon cf
DOUBLE-A -- Lee ss (Estrada in 8th), Morrison lf (dh in 6th), Bortnick 2b (Price in 6th), Thomas c, Sexton 1b, Castillo dh, Salem dh (lf in 6th), Tinoco 3b, Kiermaier cf, Murrill rf (Scelfo in 6th)
HIGH-CLASS A -- Rogers cf, Guevara 2b, Wunderlich 1b, Bailey c, Dietrich ss, Mahtook dh, Torrez 3b, Glaesmann lf, Acosta dh, Caminero rf (no subs listed)
LOW-CLASS A -- Brett 2b, Hager ss, Vettleson rf, Goeddel dh, Malm 1b (Seitzer in 6th), Motter 3b, Carter cf, Rice c, Sale lf, Segovia dh
Thursday, March 29, 2012
"I'll be ready to go," Bortnick said. "Yes, sir."
Bortnick declined to give details of the injury. Otherwise, he said, it's been a good spring.
"I've been hitting the ball well and seeing it well," he said. "I'm ready to get the season underway."
The 24-year-old, a 16th-round draft pick in 2009 from Coastal Carolina, hit .306 and had a .428 on-base percentage last year at high-Class A Charlotte. Bortnick also swiped an organization-best 43 bases.
Bornick landed one of Tampa Bay's spots in the Arizona Fall League, where he was named one of the league's "rising stars."
"I was honored and blessed that the Rays picked me to go," Bortnick said. "Being able to compete further enhanced my thinking that I could play in the big leagues. I never doubted I could, but it was an extreme boost of confidence for me to go and play well."
Jesus Araiza (I've seen him, in uniform)
Ian Tomkins (believe I saw him and, if I did, it had to be in uniform)
Leonardo Reginatto (he played in EXT game Wednesday)
Brett Nommensen (I've seen him, in workout clothes)
THURSDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: Saw Araiza, Narvaez, Tomkins and Nommensen in uniform.
The minor leaguers face the Orioles again today with the higher levels in Port Charlotte and the Class A games in Sarasota.
TRIPLE-A -- Coon rf, Beckham ss, Guyer cf, Vogt dh, Mangini dh, Miranda 1b, Anderson lf, Wrigley 3b, Ashley c, Figueroa 2b
DOUBLE-A -- Lee ss, Robby Price 2b (Estrada in 8th), Kang rf (Scelfo in 6th), Thomas dh, Velasquez cf, Sexton 3b, Salem lf, Tinoco 1b, Murrill dh, Albernaz c (Castillo in 8th)
HIGH-CLASS A -- Mahtook cf, Guevara 2b (Morillo in 8th), Dietrich ss (Motter in 6th), Torrez 3b (Gonzalez in 8th), Wunderlich 1b (Alexander in 8th), Acosta c (Alejandro Torres in 8th), Bailey dh, Rogers dh (lf in 6th), Lyerly rf, Morrison lf (dh in 6th)
LOW-CLASS A -- Querecuto 2b (Soriano in 8th), Hager ss, Goeddel 3b, Malm 1b (dh in 6th), Seitzer dh (1b in 6th), Carter rf (Harris in 8th), Segovia c (Hernandez in 8th), Rice dh, Sale lf, Caminero cf (Dixon in 8th)
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
It's been diagnosed as a contusion and doesn't appear serious. The liner came off Alex Presley's bat in the ninth inning of Tampa Bay's 6-4 win over Pittsburgh and appeared to hit Rodney just below the elbow.
The Rays are already shorthanded with outfielders B.J. Upton, Desmond Jennings and Sam Fuld, shortstop Reid Brignac and catcher Robinson Chirinos all ailing.
Outfielder B.J. Upton said he'll start the season on the disabled list. He doesn't expect to miss more than a few weeks and hopes his return is much sooner.
“There's no timetable, no finish line for when I get better,” Upton said. “When I'm ready to go, I'm ready to go.”
TRIPLE-A -- Beckham dh, Brignac ss, Guyer rf, Vogt c, Mangini 3b, Miranda 1b, Wrigley lf, Ashley dh, Coon cf, O'Malley 2b (Luna on bench)
DOUBLE-A -- Lee ss (Estrada in 8th), Velasquez cf, Price 2b, Thomas c (Albernaz in 8th), Kang rf (Scelfo in 8th), Sexton 1b, Salem lf (dh in 6th), Tinoco 3b, Morrison dh (lf in 6th), Castillo dh
HIGH-CLASS A -- Rogers lf, Guevara 2b, Dietrich ss, Mahtook rf, Wunderlich 1b, Torrez dh, Figueroa dh, Motter 3b, Bailey c, Kiermaier cf (no subs listed)
LOW-CLASS A -- Brett 2b, Hager dh (ss in 6th), Glaesmann lf, Vettleson rf, Goeddel 3b, Malm 1b, Carter cf, Rice c, Segovia dh, Querecuto ss (dh in 6th)
First, I need the time that I would have wasted driving to catch up on writing. Second, had I gone to Fort Myers, I would have battled game traffic getting back to Charlotte Sports Park. Hope everyone understands. (Lineups coming when I get them.)
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Shawn O'Malley is in the Triple-A game at shortstop ... at the moment. He played just second base last year with the Biscuits.
TRIPLE-A -- O'Malley ss (Beckham in 7th), Guyer cf, Vogt dh, Mangini 3b, Molina c (Wendt in 8th), Miranda 1b, Anderson lf, Ashley dh, Figueroa 2b, Coon rf (Murrill in 7th)
DOUBLE-A -- Lee ss, Morrison lf (Scelfo in 6th), Price 2b (Estrada in 8th), Thomas dh, Wunderlich 1b (Tinoco in 7th), Sexton 3b (Cedeno in 8th), Salem dh (CF in 6th), Velasquez rf, Kiermaier cf (DH in 6th), Albernaz c (Acosta in 6th)
HIGH-CLASS A -- Rogers lf, Guevara 2b, Dietrich ss, Torrez 3b, Malm 1b, Mahtook cf, Vettleson rf, Bailey dh, DePew c (Bourdon in 6th), Goetzman dh
LOW-CLASS A -- Brett 2b, Hager ss, Carter cf, Motter 3b, Seitzer 1b, Caminero rf, Segovia c, Rice dh, Sale lf, Hernandez dh
"We're not going to change," Niemann said. "It's not going to change one bit how we go about our business."
Davis said he still will follow the plan he stated Sunday where "if it's me, I'll go down there and kick (butt), too."
"We've been preparing for it," Davis said. "Me and Niemann both prepared for whatever might happen. I'll just roll with it."
Of course, the Rays could reverse course, if Niemann struggles or Davis dominates.
"You have to control what you can control," Niemann said. "You have to go out there and throw quality games."
"We have confidence in both of those guys," Maddon said.
Davis has no career games as a reliever (a playoff game doesn't go on his career record), while Niemann has just eight relief appearances in his career. This spring, Davis has a 4.91 ERA in 18 1/3 innings, while Niemann has a 4.05 in 13 1/3, though Maddon said the decision was "not based primarily on spring training performance."
"Right now, we like the idea of Wade in the bullpen," Maddon said. "With these two, it's unusual to have that kind of quality involved in the decision-making process."
Davis will have an early-inning role, which "can get meatier," Maddon said.
"At the end of the day, we still consider him a starter," Maddon said. "It's not like you don't like Wade, but we have to make a decision. It's that close of a call because we think that much of both of these guys. ... We're going to try to make Wade into the best relief pitcher we possibly can."
He's the only name missing on the minor league roster that's dated today compared to the roster dated Sunday.
Monday, March 26, 2012
The usual spring in-game updates will be posted there. Once the season starts, I do not plan to send in-game updates, unless there's an overriding reason (injury, no-hitter, etc.) and, even then, I'll have much more information here on the blog.
While the blog (mostly) stays on point with baseball-related things, the Twitter will include all of my other reporting responsibilities, too.
"All the reporters think it's weird or something, but it's not," Cobb said. "My dad has it somewhere at the house."
Here are Tampa Bay's lineups for today's minor league games. The higher-level teams host the Orioles, while the Class A's travel to Sarasota. For those unfamiliar with it, minor league spring games have relaxed rules. A team might bat 10 (or 11) players, switch the DH around, etc.
TRIPLE-A -- Jennings dh, Brignac ss, Guyer cf, Vogt dh, Miranda dh, Wrigley 1b, Ashley c, O'Malley 2b, Velasquez rf, Sexton 3b, Kang lf (subs Figueroa, Anderson, Shelby, Alejandro Torres)
DOUBLE-A -- Lee ss, Bortnick 2b (Estrada in 8th), Beckham dh, Sheridan 1b, Thomas c (Segovia 8th), Price 3b (Cedeno 8th), Acosta dh, Salem cf, Tinoco lf (Scelfo 6th), Murrill rf
HIGH-A -- Morrison dh, Guevara 2b (Gonzalez 8th), Dietrich (Martin 8th), Torrez 3b, Vettleson rf, Mahtook cf, Malm 1b (Alexander 8th), Bailey c (Bourdon 8th), DePew dh, Glaesmann lf
LOW-A -- Brett 2b (Soriano 8th), Hager ss (dh in 6th), Motter 3b (Eierman 8th), Seitzer 1b (Flores 8th), Carter cf, Rice c (Hernandez 8th), Sale dh (lf in 6th), Lyerly lf (dh in 6th), Querecuto dh (ss in 6th), Harris rf (Dixon in 6th)
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Bush was due to go to Triple-A Durham this season before last week's wreck in which he's accused of running over a 72-year-old motorcyclist, fleeing the scene and having a blood-alcohol content more than twice Florida's legal limit. Bush has had previous well-publicized alcohol-related incidents before the Rays signed him in 2010. The 26-year-old went on Tampa Bay's 40-man major league roster a year ago.
"I think it's safe to say that he's not going to play for us on the field," Friedman said. "Even that, with the ongoing criminal investigation, with all of the different dynamics at play, it's hard to talk about the 40-man spot and everything else. Until things advance more, it's difficult to know exactly which way we're going to be able to go."
"He's been a big part of our success just by what he does on a daily basis," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He's a lot of fun to be around. He doesn't complain about the workload.
"This guy has coach written all over him."
The other cuts were pitchers Jhonny Nunez and Romulo Sanchez, infielder Matt Mangini and outfielder Brad Coon.
Niemann, who harvested a nine-pointer, said he hadn't heavily hunted his ranch until this year. He's an avid outdoorsman.
"I was just enjoying being out there," Niemann said. "That may have been my first buck, but I've shot some does. That was the first boy."
They watched the game together and, Jennings joked, Brignac said little after the first few minutes. Jennings' Alabama Crimson Tide beat Brignac's LSU Tigers 21-0.
Today, both are on Tampa Bay's injured list and are optimistic they'll soon return to the team's lineup. Both played in a minor league intrasquad game today.
Brignac, suffering from plantar fasciitis in his right foot, flew out, struck out and started a double play. It was his first game in a week and he said any pain he felt was not overwhelming. "For sure, it's tolerable," Brignac said.
Jennings is down with a shoulder injury from a March 14 outfield collision with B.J. Upton and hasn't played in a week. He didn't bat, but ran the bases (one steal, one run). He also played defense, though he's not allowed to throw yet. What if a ball had been hit to him? "I would have caught it. ... I'd have done something," he said.
Comparing the minor league roster from March 9 to the most-recent one, dated today, here’s who has departed or who has been added from major league camp. Left-handed pitcher Sergio Espinosa, who was with the Biscuits for part of the last two seasons, is a noteable deletion.
Out: Robert Dickmann, Sergio Espinosa, Matt Stabelfeld
Add: Alex Torres
Out: Steve Hiscock, Lucas Irvine, Andrew Leary
Add: Chris Archer, Bryan Augenstein, Matt Bush, Alex Cobb, Alex Colome, Dane De La Rosa, Josh Lueke, Ricky Orta, Matt Ramsey, Wilking Rodriguez, Albert Suarez, Matt Torra
Out: Junior Rodriguez
Add: Nevin Ashley, Mark Thomas, Stephen Vogt
Out: Raymond Church
Add: Tim Beckham, Hak-Ju Lee, Juan Miranda
Out: Nick Schwaner
Add: Brandon Guyer
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Friday, March 09, 2012
LEFT-HANDED PITCHERS (24)
Ryan Carpenter, Shay Crawford, Frank De Los Santos, Robert Dickmann, Sergio Espinosa, Grayson Garvin, Theron Geith, Brandon Henderson, Kevin James, Braulio Lara, Adam Liberatore, Kyle Lobstein, Jose Molina, Jacob Partridge, James Patterson, Chris Rearick, C.J. Riefenhauser, Felipe River, Enny Romero, Neil Schenk, Blake Snell, Matt Spann, Matt Stabelfeld, Justin Woodall
RIGHT-HANDED PITCHERS (45)
Wilmer Almonte, Jeff Ames, Chris Andujar, Nick Barnese, Andrew Bellatti, Daniel Bream, Jay Buente, Zach Butler, Charlie Cononie, Joe Cruz, Jairo De La Rosa, Richard De Los Santos, Shane Dyer, Jacob Faria, Chris Floethe, Nathan Garcia, Isaac Gil, Roberto Gomez, Taylor Guerrieri, Jesse Hahn, Steve Hiscock, Austin Hubbard, Lucas Irvine, George Jensen, Marcus Jensen, Merrill Kelly, Ian Kendall, Alex Koronis, David Kubiak, Andrew Leary, Lenny Linsky, Parker Markel, Victor Mateo, Jason McEachern, Jim Paduch, Zach Quate, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Shull, Scott Shuman, Garrett Smith, Eliazer Suero, Matt Swilley, Stayton Thomas, Jake Thompson, Kirby Yates
Mayo Acosta, Jesus Araiza, Luke Bailey, Michael Bourdon, Keith Castillo, Jake DePew, Oscar Hernandez, Omar Narvaez, Justin O'Conner, Matt Rice, Junior Rodriguez, Alejandro Segovia, Ian Tomkins, Alejandro Torres, David Wendt
John Alexander, Leslie Anderson, Tyler Bortnick, Ryan Brett, Julio Cedeno, Raymond Church, Derek Dietrich, Johnny Eierman, Robi Estrada, Cole figueroa, Travis Flores, Tyler Goeddel, Felix Gonzalez, Hector Guevara, Jake Hager, Omar Luna, Jeff Malm, Brandon Martin, Julian Morillo, Taylor Motter, Shawn O'Malley, Robby Price, Juniel Querecuto, Leonardo Reginatto, Cameron Seitzer, Greg Sexton, Mike Sheridan, Ariel Soriano, Steven Tinoco, Riccio Torrez, Henry Wrigley, Philip Wunderlich
Leandro Caminero, Kes Carter, Deshun Dixon, Todd Glaesmann, Granden Goetzman, James Harris, Kyeong Kang, Kevin Kiermaier, Craige Lyerly, Mikie Mahtook, Ty Morrison, Chris Murrill, Brett Nommensen, Cody Rogers, Josh Sale, Emeel Salem, Anthony Scelfo, Nick Schwaner, John Shelby, Isaias Velasquez, Drew Vettleson