The Rays had a break even week, taking two of three from the Mariners (finally!) but dropping two of three to the Twins (boo!). The 12-10 Rays sit in third place in the AL East, four games out. They begin a ten games in ten days West Coast road trip today, starting with three in Oakland, then four in Seattle, before finishing with three in LA against the Angels.
What could go wrong?
Ji-Man Choi hit the IL with loose bodies in his elbow. Isaac Paredes was called up.
ROSTER MOVE: #Rays place 1B Ji-Man Choi on 10-day IL with loose bodies in right elbow, recall INF Isaac Paredes, who was placed on team’s taxi squad this morning.— Steve Carney (@stevecarney) May 1, 2022
Also called up before Sunday’s game was Robert Dugger. To make room, Javy Guerra was DFA’d.
The #Rays have designated RHP Javy Guerra for assignment and have selected RHP Robert Dugger from Durham.— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) May 1, 2022
In addition Isaac Paredes has been added to the taxi squad.
In anticipation of rosters shrinking from 28 to 26, Josh Lowe was optioned to Durham. One other move will have to be made on Monday.
The Rays have optioned OF Josh Lowe to Triple-A Durham. An additional move will be made tomorrow prior to the roster reduction deadline.— Rays Communications (@RaysPR) May 1, 2022
Space will also have to made on the 40 man roster when Francisco Mejia is ready. He has been medically cleared from the COVID list, but is not yet active.
The last two items makes a DFA of Robert Dugger likely. Hopefully he clears waivers and we can hang on to the guy, because I kinda like him.
#Rays have to drop another player today as MLB rosters shrink from 28 to 26. It’ll be a pitcher, and RHP Robert Dugger, who came up from AAA @DurhamBulls and threw 5 1/3 innings Sunday, would seem the likely candidate. A DFA also opens the 40-man spot they’ll need soon for Mejia— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 2, 2022
May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) May 1, 2022
As we continue to honor Jean's legacy, the Rays and the Ramirez family are committed to raising awareness around the importance of mental health.
Visit https://t.co/08zsvjbkJV to learn more pic.twitter.com/iIXPRCO8Aa
Rays legend and current Brewer Hoby Milner got a win earlier this month. It was his first win of his career — his first decision, for that matter — in 96 appearances. That’s a record.
Sunday Notes: The Decision Is In, Hoby Milner Holds a Unique Record https://t.co/PJhTR0OBmb— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) May 1, 2022
Remember when they moved the fences out in Baltimore? I wonder how that’s working out...
According to ESPN park factors, Camden Yards has gone from the easiest park to homer at in 2021 to the most difficult in '22. The deader ball and deeper LF/wall is converting a number of extra base hits to outs. Santander just had a grand slam turned into a F7 pic.twitter.com/43xt326J6T— Travis Sawchik (@Travis_Sawchik) May 1, 2022
This is pretty cool.
Kelsie Whitmore becomes first woman to start game in Atlantic League of Professional Baseballhttps://t.co/ROP2DdB19F— CBS Sports MLB (@CBSSportsMLB) May 1, 2022
MLB suspended Trevor Bauer for two years (324 games).
MLB suspends Dodgers' Trevor Bauer for 2 seasons without pay; Bauer says he will appeal - The Athletic https://t.co/VXZZzgn0oX— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) April 29, 2022
Nancy Armour on holding players accountable.
ICYMI MLB showed a sports league CAN hold its players accountable for abuse - if it wants to. https://t.co/OmZSG0gJWg— Nancy Armour (@nrarmour) April 30, 2022
Five Mets pitchers combined for a no hitter, the second no-no Mets history
Sean Casey and Steve Blass.
WARNING:GUARANTEED LAUGHTER AND FUN!!!!!! MAY CAUSE STOMACH CRAMPS! Lets go Steve Blass brings it this week Inside the Mayor’s Office! @pirates @RonCookPG @JMackeyPG @DVERADIO @DVERandy @dveBillCrawford @BillyGardell @Dejan_Kovacevic @Chinch4— Sean Casey (@TheMayorsOffice) April 27, 2022
Max Rieper with a good piece on offense.
Well, this is adorable.
Heart = melted— Tricia Whitaker (@TriciaWhitaker) April 26, 2022
Love seeing young girls w/ dreams of being in baseball & lemme tell ya, Connelly will come for my job.
Her fav players are Tyler Glasnow & Wander Franco. I asked what she would ask them in an interview.
“What their tattoos mean—and Glasnow’s hair routine!” pic.twitter.com/hR2wAxl5jK
This play. The call. It’s all just — wow.
The Tigers broadcast of the Twins walk-off is the funniest thing you’ll see all day— MLB Metrics (@MLBMetrics) April 27, 2022
Passan and company with some way too early hot takes.
Our bosses asked for a way-too-early hot take. We gladly obliged. Among the spiciest:— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 26, 2022
- Mike Trout's gonna hit 60
- Jeremy Peña will be better than Carlos Correa
- Byron Buxton is going historic
- Wander Franco is winning MVP
Read 'em all, free at ESPN: https://t.co/FmZilLLPkB pic.twitter.com/VTKq0wlO76
Ben Clemens wrote about the Rays/Red Sox game from last Saturday.
Modern Baseball, Fast and Slow, For Better and (Sometimes) Worse https://t.co/1mnDWhsjyW— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) April 25, 2022
The top four highest payrolls in 1992. The Oakland A’s ($40.9M) and the Baltimore Orioles ($35.4M) have lower payrolls in 2022 for their 26-man roster than the payrolls pictured from 30 years ago. pic.twitter.com/7qd5Q6vSoa— Gershon Rabinowitz (@GershOnline) May 1, 2022
The Cardinals and Mets had a brouhaha this past week.
Okay, first of all? The pitch may have been up, but it was barely inside. It was a normal baseball pitch. Everybody chill out.
Second: There were several suspensions handed out, including Nolan Arenado and Rays legend Génesis Cabrera. But you know who wasn’t suspended? Or even fined? Cardinal coach Stubby Clapp, took down Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (with an assist from Cabrera) during the melee. And no one knows why.
Nolan Arenado was suspended two games and Génesis Cabrera one game for their roles in Wednesday's dustup between the Cardinals and Mets. https://t.co/3P9sCgwMPp— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) April 29, 2022
Rockies coach Mike Jasperson had a record setting trip to Philly.
In case you forgot, Kyle Schwarber has a meltdown for the ages a week ago Sunday.
Kyle Schwarber was not happy with this called third strike. pic.twitter.com/WSjs5LyYDQ— ESPN (@espn) April 25, 2022
It should not be a surprise that Joe West (or course) had Angel’s back.
Joe West: Angel Hernandez's much-criticized performance Sunday had 96% grade from MLB https://t.co/dmI6fi5JBH— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 28, 2022
The Reds are 3-19.
On three consecutive pitches the Reds missed a catch on a pop-up (wait for the last one)— MLB Errors (@mlberrors) May 1, 2022
After today they'll be 3-19 this season pic.twitter.com/3BYB2ISqaD
Still pulling for Team Meteor.