The Rays reduced seven players from their 26- male lineup today, according to a group news (Twitter link). Outfielder Randy Arozarena, right-hander Trevor Richards, left-hander Anthony Banda, infielders Nate Lowe and also Mike Brosseau, initial baseman/outfielder Brian O’Grady and also two-way gamer Brendan McKay are were all optioned to Triple- A.
Given just how the Rays so frequently shuttle bus players from Triple- An and also the major leagues, it’s secure to think all seven of these names will certainly end up seeing activity for the club this period, must the period obtain underway. Tampa Bay is maybe much better complete than the majority of groups to deal with the obstacles presented by a prospective reduced routine and also an initiative to fit as lots of video games as feasible right into a shortened amount of time, as the Rays’ solid ranch system provides a great deal of additional deepness, and also a number of their players (specifically bottles) are currently made use of to constant flounder and also down the ladder.
Since Lowe, Ji-Man Choi, and also the newly-acquired Yoshitomo Tsutsugo are all left-handed players, it made good sense that the more youthful Lowe would certainly be the strange male out of the initial base/DH mix. The very same holds true for O’Grady, gotten in a profession with the Reds back in November.
Arozarena is additionally a newbie to Tampa Bay, having actually been gotten as component of the multi-player profession with the Cardinals in January that brought Jose Martinez to theRays Martinez is the right-handed enhance to Choi and also Tsutsugo (though the Rays have actually been trying out Tsutsugo as a part-time 3rd baseman and also outfielder), while Arozarena will certainly offer outfield deepness at Triple- A. Arozarena’s possibilities of making the Opening Day lineup were decreased when the Rays grabbed Manuel Margot from the Padres, though Arozarena’s capacity to play all 3 outfield settings will certainly most likely make him the initial call-up must an injury or require develop in the Rays’ outfield.
The postponed beginning to the period must provide Blake Snell and also Tyler Glasnow time to obtain completely healthy and balanced, which implied McKay and also Richards were instantly expendable. Since the Rays still strategy to periodically mean their beginners by utilizing openers, Richards will most likely obtain activity either in a conventional beginning function or as a mass bottle behind an opener– he offered in both abilities after being gotten by the Marlins finally year’s profession target date. In truth, maybe very easy to see a situation where Richards and also “Two Way McKay” are integrated with each other in a piggyback trip, with the fascinating McKay (among the video game’s leading potential customers) additionally working as an X-factor at home plate.