MIAMI — And on the seventh day, the Rays … rested?
An odd scheduling determination left the group in an uncommon place, with Sunday — the primary Sunday of the season — off.
“Very, very weird,’’ supervisor Kevin Money stated Saturday. “Having a Sunday off within the large leagues is simply not one thing you see usually, and positively being Easter Sunday.’’
The explanations are associated to beginning the season with an interleague opponent.
With a leaguewide opening day on Thursday, and interleague collection restricted to 3 (or in some instances two) video games, the Rays and Marlins couldn’t play all 4 days, as some groups with intraleague opponents are doing.
With a retractable roof, there was no should be off Friday as a possible rain make-up day for the opener, as groups with open air stadiums plan for.
In order that left league officers, in session with the Marlins, to resolve, and so they opted for 3 straight video games, then the break day. It may very well be for baseball causes, in managing the bullpen. Or possibly not taking part in on Easter factored in.
The result’s that for simply the second time in 24 seasons, the Rays have a scheduled Sunday off-day. The opposite was by alternative, as they took off Aug. 26, 2012, to permit an additional day of preparation for an occasion at Tropicana Subject associated to the Republican Nationwide Conference that was staged in Tampa. (The Giants and Mariners are additionally off Sunday after taking part in three straight.)
The Rays took benefit, staying in Miami on Saturday evening earlier than planning to fly late Sunday afternoon to Boston, the place excessive temperatures can be within the 50s.
The Rays even have a uncommon Friday off this yr, Could 28, so a two-day interleague collection with the Phillies on the Trop could be performed on Saturday and Sunday.
Port Charlotte is a taking place place, with greater than 150 gamers understanding each day.
That features 28 energetic (and some others) as a part of the “alternate-training website” group — gamers who have been “despatched down” throughout spring coaching — and from which the Rays can complement their roster, functioning for now just like the Triple-A group.
And there are about 125 others, principally less-advanced gamers, who on Saturday opened the delayed minor-league camp, with a month of exercises forward till the rescheduled Could 4 begin to the season.
Exercises are break up for protocol causes, so the minor-leaguers have the morning shift, and the alt-site group the afternoon/evenings.
The Rays are working to schedule video games towards the 2 different Florida-based alternate-site groups — the Jays (Dunedin) and Marlins (Jacksonville).
Additionally, a substitute needs to be named quickly for Double-A pitching coach Brian Reith, who was lately named to the big-league employees to help coaches Kyle Snyder and Stan Boroski.
ALTERNATE TRAINING-SITE ROSTER
The alternate training-site roster, with the utmost 28 in Port Charlotte, plus 4 at the moment on the big-league taxi squad (famous with an *) after Joseph Odom was added to major-league roster:
PITCHERS (16): Stetson Allie, Chris Ellis, Dietrich Enns, Josh Fleming, Louis Head, David Hess*, Brent Honeywell, Joey Krehbiel, Chris Mazza*, Shane McClanahan, Brian Moran, Luis Patino, Trevor Richards, Yacksel Rios, Joe Ryan, Hunter Strickland
CATCHERS (5): Chris Betts, Joseph Odom*, Rene Pinto, Kevan Smith, Brett Sullivan
INFIELDERS (8): Vidal Brujan, Wander Franco, Tristan Grey, Dalton Kelly, Miles Mastrobuoni, Kevin Padlo*, Esteban Quiroz, Taylor Partitions*
OUTFIELDERS (4): Ryan Boldt, Moises Gomez, Josh Lowe, Garrett Whitley.
INJURED/DEVELOPMENT LISTS: OF Nathan Lukes, LH Brendan McKay
• Michael Wacha is predicted begin Monday in Boston relatively than pitch behind an opener, although Money stated they may revisit that. Opening-day starter Tyler Glasnow will keep on a five-day schedule and pitch Tuesday, with Ryan Yarbrough working Wednesday’s matinee road-trip finale.
• Money continued his plan to relaxation place gamers, as outfielder Randy Arozarena, second baseman Brandon Lowe and first baseman Yoshi Tsutsugo weren’t within the lineup.
• The Marlins had the massive leftfield home windows open at LoanDepot Park, however the roof closed as there was a risk of excessive winds, which may impression closing. Attendance was 6,179 in distanced pod seating.
• Paul Campbell, taken by the Marlins from the Rays within the minor-league Rule 5 draft, made his debut Saturday, working two innings after starter Elieser Hernandez left with irritation in his proper biceps tendon.
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