Rays Spring Training March 10

Kevin Cash had nice things to say about Burch Smith’s second outing of the spring.

Smith allowed a run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in three innings against the Pirates Tuesday.

“He looked good,” Cash said. “He had a good fastball/changeup combo going. Really crisp early on. Was able to pitch out of having some runners on base. The ball comes out of his hand really well.”

Smith is a longshot to win the fifth spot in the rotation behind Alex Colome and Nathan Karns.

Former Rays right-hander Shawn Camp announced that he has officially retired from baseball.

Cash said the team expects Grant Balfour to be back with the team by next week. The veteran reliever has been in Australia with his father, David, who has been battling pancreatic cancer.

Reliever Jim Miller, who signed with the Rays last week, said he’ll probably make his first appearance of the spring on Sunday against the Mets in Port Charlotte.

Brandon Guyer (oblique) said he’s feeling pretty good. Cash said Guyer was doing more “rotational stuff” and noted that he expects the outfielder to be out at least until March 15.

Cash said Drew Smyly (mild tendonitis in his left shoulder) “Had a really good day today.”

“Advanced his workload,” Cash said. “Did a sock-throw drill where you put the sock on your hand and throw the ball. And he felt good. I talked to him in the dugout today. He was very optimistic.”

Evan Longoria lost control swinging at a pitch in the second, sending his bat into the stands along the third-base side of Charlotte County Stadium. The bat struck a fan.  After the Rays hit, the Rays third baseman showed his concern for the fan by walking toward the stands while the fan was carted away on a stretcher.

Alexi Casilla was scratched from his start at second base against the Pirates due to a tender left ankle.

–Bill Chastain

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