Rays may rely on Gomes for multi-inning stints

Right-handed reliever enjoying terrific Spring Training

Rays may rely on Gomes for multi-inning stints

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Brandon Gomes is putting together another immaculate spring.

After allowing no runs last spring, Gomes has quietly gone about his business a year later, once again allowing no runs thus far in 6 1/3 frames.

The right-hander entered Saturday's game against the Twins with one out in the sixth inning. He proceeded to record six outs, notching three strikeouts in the process.

Gomes, who has primarily served in short relief, might be looked upon for longer stints this season.

"We want to get him lengthened out a little bit, not a ton," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "But we want to get him to where he's versatile enough to pitch in those two-, three-inning roles."

Gomes, who went 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA in 29 appearances for the Rays last year, noted that he is following his playbook from the end of last season while at Triple-A Durham.

"I'm not doing anything different than what I did the last month, month and a half of last season," Gomes said. "Probably a little bit easier to get consistent, and just understanding how best to use my three pitches when trying to get guys out."

Gomes employs a fastball, slider and split -- pitches that worked better once he tightened his mechanics with some help from Bulls pitching coach Neil Allen (now the Twins' pitching coach).

"For a while, I was pretty wild with my mechanics," Gomes said. "Neil and I went back and watched video from 2009. It was really quiet. I had very good command of my split-finger from '08-11. I kind of lost that. I think that's been the biggest help; quiet mechanics have given me better command."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.