The latest Rays news and notes:
- The Rays’ spring training record dropped to 6-14-3 yesterday after losing to the Miami Marlins 5-1. Wade Davis continues to struggle as he battles for the fifth spot in the rotation, allowing four runs in just 4.2 innings pitched. Some notable performances included Carlos Pena (1-1 with a run scored), Sean Rodriguez (2-4 with a stolen base), and J.P. Howell (scoreless through 1.1 innings pitched). Click here for a full boxscore.
- Next up for the Rays are the Minnesota Twins today at 1:05 ET. Jeff Niemann will take the bump in his final spring start against Scott Baker; click here for the the Rays’ starting lineup.
- You’ve probably already heard the big Rays news of the week. Rays’ prospect pitcher Matt Bush was arrested last Thursday after a DUI crash, involving a a 72-year-old motorcyclist hospitalized in serious condition. While under the influence, Bush hit a man’s motorcycle from behind and than ran right over his head with one of the car’s tires. To make matters worse, Bush did not hesitate and ran away from the scene. Bush, who has had issues with alcoholism throughout his professional career, is set for a $1 million bond. It looks like Bush has put the finishing touches on ruining his baseball career, as Andrew Friedman said yesterday he won’t be playing for the Rays in the future.
- The Rays seem to have a hard time staying healthy this spring, as more injuries continue to pile up. B.J. Upton’s sore back is taking longer than expected to heal, as Maddon is apparently planning to set an Opening Day roster without him. Desmond Jennings and Reid Brignac are banged up as well, and have also joined Upton in their minor league rehab process. Brignac is in a bit of jeopardy of missing Opening Day with right foot inflammation, while Jennings could return tomorrow as he recovers from soreness after his collision with Upton. Sam Fuld is also hurt with a wrist injury, which he expects to get checked out by a doctor today. Fuld will likely miss Opening Day.
- The Rays made their latest round of cuts yesterday, reducing the roster down to 34. Craig Albernaz, Brad Coon, Matt Mangini, Jhonny Nunez, and Romulo Sanchez were all reassigned to minor-league camp.
- The first episode of the Rays podcast PTBNL came out last week. DRaysBay site managers Steve Slowinski and Jason Collette talk about Opening Day roster battles for the Rays. You can click here to play, and listen to all their episodes for free at iTunes.