Rays reassign eight players to Minor League camp

Rays reassign eight players to Minor League camp

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Rays reduced their roster to 36 on Monday when Brandon Gomes, Jhan Marinez, Jim Miller, Jordan Norberto, Everett Teaford, Corey Brown, Joey Butler and Mayo Acosta were reassigned to Minor League camp.

Of that group, Cash allowed that Gomes brought the toughest conversation for him to have because he has pitched so well this spring.

"[Gomes] put himself in a good spot," Cash said of the right-hander who allowed just one run in seven appearances. "And just given the way some of the injuries and the roster implications, stuff like that, you're seeing the business side of baseball. He was extremely respectful and understanding. He will impact us soon."

Cash complimented the rest of the group as well, noting that Butler had called his three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth of Monday's game against the Orioles. The home run tied the game at 6, sending the game into extra innings before finishing in a 6-6 tie.

"Joey Butler called the shot, too," Cash said. "Looked at all of us and said, 'Do you guys want to play extras?' Looked at me and Foley and said it."

Regarding Butler and Brown, Cash added: "They've been pretty consistent all spring," Cash added of Butler and Brown. "We've enjoyed having both of those guys. And we're comfortable if a need arose; we'd be comfortable with those guys."

While the eight players were reassigned to Minor League camp, Cash said that all would be available for action during the remaining spring games.

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