Rays Spring Training March 11
Alex Colome, who finally showed up in camp on Tuesday after experiencing visa problems, threw at the Charlotte Sports Complex on Wednesday. The right-hander threw 30 pitches and used all four of his pitches.
Hak-Ju Lee doubled in the seventh inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Twins. But not so fast…
While Lee was busy sliding head first into second, first-base umpire Jeff Kellogg was signaling that Lee’s ball was good for a two-run homer. Lee also had a double in his 2-for-2 performance.
“That was awesome,” said Kevin Cash of Lee’s homer. “He made some unbelievable plays at shortstop, too.”
Boog Powell made a nice diving catch while playing center field in the eighth inning.
Richie Shaffer, the Rays’ top pick of the 2012 Draft, stood out in Wednesday’s win with a double in two at-bats and in the field. Cash noted that Shaffer looked “really good.”
“Has a cannon for an arm,” Cash said.
Drew Smyly (shoulder tendonitis) and Brandon Guyer (mild oblique strain) were both active at the complex Wednesday. Cash does not seem too worried about either getting back on track. Meanwhile, Alexi Casilla, who was scratched from starting Tuesday due to a tender left ankle, started at third base on Wednesday and went 1-for-3 with a triple.
Catcher Rene Rivera and third-base coach Charlie Montoyo will be guests on this week’s edition of the Hot Stove radio show, airing on WDAE 620 AM from 7-8 p.m. Dave Wills and Andy Freed serve as hosts and they will be joined by Neil Solondz.
Former Rays pitcher Andy Sonnanstine will make his radio debut during Thursday’s Rays-Blue Jays game. Solondz also will be in the booth as their broadcast airs on MLB.com.