By Michael Kolligian/Special to MLB.com
SARASOTA, Fla. -- While his Rays were preparing for their matchup with the Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash provided updates this morning on several players who figure to play key roles in the upcoming season.
"Not the most ideal situation, I think I'm going to try to get down there and visit him (in the hospital)," said Cash of his 26-year-old right-hander, who contracted pneumonia earlier in the week. "They're still looking into some things, but given what the doctors have found, it's going be a little while before he gets back on the field.
"The [antibiotic] medicine has kicked in; his fever has gone down. I think we caught it at a good time, so we're optimistic everything's going to be fine, but it's just going to be a little more time."
Colome could be released from the hospital as early as Saturday or Sunday, depending on how he responds to the antibiotics, and Cash remains hopeful that his pitcher will be in uniform on Opening Day when the Rays host Baltimore.
"It'll be close," Cash said. "I'm still optimistic he'll be at a point where he'll be ready, but we'll have a better understanding in three or four days."