Rays recall Gomes in place of injured Scott

Rays recall Gomes in place of injured Scott

Rays recall Gomes in place of injured Scott
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays recalled Brandon Gomes on Friday in a corresponding move for placing designated hitter Luke Scott on the 15-day disabled list with mid-back spasms on Thursday.

"We got worn out [the last couple of days]," said Rays manager Joe Maddon explaining the move. "They got into our 'pen early. We tried to parcel out the innings as good as we could. We're not used to having our starters leave games that early with that kind of deficit.

"With Luke's back being the way it is, we thought it would be the right thing to do bringing in an extra arm right now."

Gomes was 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA in five games for the Rays earlier this season. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 0.39 ERA with six saves in 18 games for Triple-A Durham this season.

"I've been throwing pretty well," Gomes said. "I've been working on throwing all three pitches to righties and lefties. And just getting back to really attacking the zone."

Gomes, 27, struggled during Spring Training after having offseason back surgery, which likely had something to do with the results he had while with the Rays this season.

"There were just a couple of minor tweaks," said Gomes when asked about what took place at Durham. "We went down there with Neil [Allen, the Bulls' pitching coach] and looked at some video from last year to this year and there were some different mechanical things that were wrong. Once we figured that out, my stuff became sharper and I was able to attack the zone much better."

Gomes said those mechanical issues dealt specifically with his back leg.

"Early in the year, I was collapsing and my arm slot was all over the place," Gomes said. "I walked way too many guys last time up here. That's just not typical of me."

Gomes pitched well for the Rays last season when he went 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 40 games.

"His numbers are very good, it sounds like he is getting it back," Maddon said. "He actually looks stronger when I saw him walking around, and that was the big concern. Coming off the surgery, he just didn't look as strong as he had. But now he is. And listen, great makeup. One of the better makeup guys anywhere. It's a combination of his makeup and his ability and stuff."

Scott's status on the DL is retroactive to Saturday, with mid-back spasms. The Rays travel to a National League park to play the Nationals on Tuesday, which might lead the Rays to add another bat and send a pitcher back down.

"You might look to do something at that point," Maddon said. "We'll wait and see."