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The Rays Tank: Romero's Roundtrip, Cobb to Rehab

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Romero is unneeded in Seattle, Cobb to make a rehab start on Saturday.

Hehehe, my arrows didn't fly last night!
Hehehe, my arrows didn't fly last night!
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Enny Romero didn’t even have to offer his pitching services through a tweet this year to rejoin the bigs. After being scratched from his start in Durham on Monday night, Romero made his way to Seattle to join the team yesterday. Per Marc Topkin, Romero will not be activated though, after Erik Bedard's sore pec felt better yesterday. Jake Odorizzi and Erik Bedard will still make their scheduled starts for the Rays and Romero will be flying back to Durham.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Rays&amp;src=hash">#Rays</a> Maddon said besides Bedard there were a few other pitchers with slight issues but all are okay, thus no need for Romero</p>&mdash; Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) <a href="https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/statuses/466371151317721088">May 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The Rays announced yesterday that Alex Cobb felt great the day after his simulated game, so he’ll be making a rehab start on Saturday, and if everything goes smooth, could rejoin the rotation by the end of next week. Durham plays at home against Louisville on Saturday, and the Stonecrabs also play at home against the Clearwater Threshers the same day.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Some encouraging news: Alex Cobb feels great the day after his simulated game. He&#39;ll throw a bullpen tomorrow, make a rehab start Saturday.</p>&mdash; Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) <a href="https://twitter.com/RaysBaseball/statuses/466360748898529281">May 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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In last night’s comeback victory, the Rays defeated the Mariners and their former closer Fernando Rodney, in the ninth inning thanks to the bats of David DeJesus and Matt Joyce. DeJesus would tie the game at one with a leadoff homerun in the ninth against Rodney. Then, with two outs and men on first and second, Matt Joyce hit a liner into right center that James Jones couldn’t come up with on a diving attempt, and Sean Rodriguez scored from second, putting the Rays up 2-1.

After a shaky first inning, David Price and his striped high socks would settle in nicely, going the distance and picking up twelve strikeouts along the way. Price threw 109 total pitches, 81 for strikes, 14 of which where swinging, per Brooks Baseball. Most importantly, Price’s velocity was back up to an average of 95 MPH on the fastball, and also hit 96 MPH last night as well. For a look back at Price’s outing, you can watch the video below.

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Links:

-Evan Longoria and Red Bull Tampa are teaming up for a #LongoLootContest around the Bay area. Starting on Tuesday, May 20th, Longo and Red Bull will post clues to Twitter and Instagram as to where they’re hiding ten baseballs and if you find them and post pictures, you can win prizes such as lunch with Evan or playoff tickets!

-MLB will be reviewing the "slight touch" that occurred between an Umpire and Torii Hunter in Monday night’s bench-clearing exchange between the Tigers and Orioles.

-Speaking of the Orioles, their number two prospect, Kevin Gausman, will be making his 2014 debut today against the Tigers.

-Dave Cameron of FanGraphs examines the Jose Fernandez elbow injury.

-If you visit Citi Field, use caution when eating at Shake Shack! Apparently, both Ryne Sandberg and Lucas Duda had food poisoning after eating there within the past week.

-Kathy Dobie of GQ spent a season with a Little League that had just started in Camden, New Jersey. The first few paragraphs build quite the scary picture of the neighborhood to really draw you in.

-The Ohio State Baseball team will be having their bone marrow tested in order to see if any of them would be compatible donors for teammate Zach Farmer, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia two weeks ago.

-Why Joe?