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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Opening Day Roster Nearly Set

There is only one decision left to be made

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It was a very busy weekend for the Tampa Bay Rays as they trimmed their spring roster, leaving just one decision to be made before the Rays take on the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.

They made a slew of cuts, as they optioned Austin Pruitt and reassigned Adam Moore, Curt Casali, Kean Wong, Micah Johnson, and Jason Coats. Furthermore, the Rays also told Jonny Venters, Daniel Hudson, and Dan Jennings they would not be making the team’s Opening Day roster.

This leaves the Rays with 26 players in camp.

Starting Rotation (set)

Chris Archer, Nate Eovaldi, Jake Faria, and Blake Snell

Bullpen (set)

Alex Colome, Sergio Romo, Matt Andriese, Andrew Kittredge, Chaz Roe, Jose Alvarado, Yonny Chirinos, and Ryan Yarbrough

Catchers (set)

Wilson Ramos and Jesus Sucre

Infield (set)

CJ Cron, Brad Miller, Joey Wendle, Matt Duffy, Adeiny Hechavarria, and Daniel Robertson

Outfield (not set)

Denard Span, Kevin Kiermaier, Carlos Gomez, and Mallex Smith. Then either Brandon Snyder or Johnny Field, there is also the potential of a free agent pickup to that role as well.

With Hudson and Jennings leaving the team, as well as Jose De Leon’s impending trip to the disabled list, the Rays will have three open spots on the 40-man roster.

Two of the Rays who learned they’d be on the Opening Day roster. For Yarbrough, it will be his first taste of the majors.

Game Notes

The Rays played their final game at Port Charlotte this spring and before a record crown, they pummeled the New York Yankees. Powered by six home runs, the Rays took a decisive 11-1 victory.

Carlos Gomez, Adeiny Hechavarria, Daniel Robertson, Josh Lowe, Tristan Gray, and Jermaine Palacios all went deep for the Rays.

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