#Rays lineup: Guyer lf, Souza rf, Cabrera ss, Longoria 3b, Jennings cf, Forsythe dh, Loney 1b, Rivera c, Beckham 2b, Karns p— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 7, 2015
Kevin Cash confirmed that this will be the lineup when the Rays take on a left-handed pitcher (such as Wie Yin Chen tonight). Brandon Guyer takes the leadoff spot and goes to left, pushing Desmond Jennings back into center field.
Steven Souza, Adrubal Cabrera, and Evan Longoria stay in the 2-3-4 spots, playing their usual positions.
Jennings and Forsythe each move up a spot, as James Loney slides back into 7th in the order. Rivera remains in the 8th spot and the order finishes up with Tim Beckham at second base. Forsythe will be the team's designated hitter as Jaso is dealing with the injured wrist.
Cash also said that both Matt Andriese and Erasmo Ramirez are both available in the bullpen tonight (Andriese was warming up in the pen during the 8th inning of Monday night's loss), while one of the two are expected to take on the fourth starting role.
Topkin also had some injury updates today as well, starting off with John Jaso who slid headfirst into second yesterday and injured his wrist, thanks to what seemed to be obstruction from Ryan Flaherty.
Both the MRI and X-Rays came back good for Jaso, but he still says "It's really sore." He will be out for at least a couple days, allowing David DeJesus to step in as the DH in Wednesday night's game. If anything good comes from Jaso's injury, it's that he will no longer slide headfirst...into second.
#Rays Jaso said he will now stop sliding headfirst into 2B as a result of injury— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 7, 2015
A couple of other injured player updates, Nick Franklin:
#Rays Franklin (oblique) took BP left handed today said it went well, "no issues."— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 7, 2015
and Alex Cobb:
#Rays Cobb (tendinitis), played catch today, called it "best day yet."— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 7, 2015
James Loney has been scratched from today's lineup. Logan Forsythe will now play at first and Kevin Kiermaier is now batting 9th and playing in center.
So new #Rays lineup looks to be Guyer dh, Souza rf, Cabrera ss, Longoria 3b, Jennings lf, Forsythe 1b, Rivera c, Beckham 2b, Kiermaier cf— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 7, 2015
Here's the reason for Loney being taken out of the lineup, which occurred during batting practice,
#Rays say Loney was scratched because he "tweaked his right side" and was removed for "precautionary reasons"— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 7, 2015