Andriese, Ramirez make final push for starter spot
Both expected to be available out of Rays' bullpen when season begins
By David Wilson
Special to MLB.com |
ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Andriese and Erasmo Ramirez each took the mound during Saturday's Spring Training finale with a chance to make a final push for the fourth starter spot.
After the Rays' 1-0 loss to the Tigers, however, manager Kevin Cash didn't provide any clarity as to who he'll slot into the rotation. The team will wait likely wait until the regular season gets underway to make a decision.
"We should, I imagine, know something by Wednesday, definitively," Cash said.
Andriese, who started Tampa Bay's final Grapefruit League game, went just one inning and threw 10 pitches. He completed his outing by striking out Miguel Cabrera on four pitches.
Because his outing was so short, Andriese will be available out of the bullpen on Monday and Tuesday against the Orioles. Ramirez, who threw 58 pitches in 3 2/3 innings while striking out six and allowing one run, could be available Tuesday, Cash said.
"It was impressive for a guy who hadn't pitched in a week to come through there," Cash said of Ramirez. "It looks like he's gonna help us out. Definitely."
Andriese's outing was short on Saturday, but he feels capable of making his first Major League start. The righty spent all of 2014 with Triple-A Durham, and he started 25 games.
In the spring, Andriese has made five starts and gotten up to 75 pitches. Either he or Ramirez will start against the Marlins on Friday in Miami. Thursday's off-day may mean that the other won't have to start until April 14.
"I'm definitely ready to go," Andriese said. "I'll just take each day as it goes. I'll be in the bullpen the first couple of games and just go from there, just do whatever it takes to help the team win."
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