It’s April 1st and the Rays are in 1st place:
Duffy: Back issue aggravating hamstring injury - Juan Toribio, MLB.com: It won’t be until mid-May at the earliest before the Duffman could return to action.
There must be something about the hot corner leading to injuries:
#Rays third base coach Rodney Linares hurt his calf. He's going to go get looked out and will probably be out the next couple of days. Matt Quatraro will be there for the next couple of games.— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) March 31, 2019
Wendle day-to-day with hamstring injury - Juan Toribio, MLB.com: Joey himself doesn’t seem to believe it’s all that serious.
Mike Zunino is still looking for his first hit as a Ray, but he’s already made a huge impact in the first series of the season
Rays journal: Pitching depth added with big upside, blue Trop lights still not right - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: Some info on the giant (in stature) new addition to the Rays 40 man roster.
After dominating Astros, does Yonny Chirinos deserve a shot in Rays’ rotation? - Tommy Rancel, The Athletic: Yonny made a big statement in his first action of 2019, and will be fascinating to watch his role on the team going forward.
Kelly still can’t get enough of the Rays, clearly:
I see you @RaysBaseball. Allowing the fewest runs to start a season in franchise history. Okayyyy!!!! Get to know their ultimate utility man, @D_Robertson28. Interview starts at 8:33. https://t.co/DGg8vW3rtz pic.twitter.com/LbpGe58VVw— Kelly Nash (@KellyNash) March 31, 2019
Rays pay tribute to beloved sax player - Martha Asencio-Rhine, Tampa Bay Times: The times profiles a Tampa Bay area staple.
Today we #RaysUp for Academy Prep Centers for Education! Academy Prep empowers students to become future community leaders through a rigorous middle school program & ongoing graduate support. We are proud to present each Academy Prep campus with a $17,000 grant, totaling $51,000! pic.twitter.com/AM6LXKRGLK— Rays Community (@RaysCommunity) March 31, 2019
Around the league
First impressions from the first week of 2019 - Will Leitch, MLB.com: Drawing small conclusions based on early results.
What’s an Opt-Out Worth? - Ben Clemens, Fam Graphs: Breaking down the monetary values to determine just how much an Opt-Out clause is worth.