Gomez Returns From DL, Hopes Cold Start In Past
The Tampa Bay Rays will welcome back Carlos Gomez from a brief stint on the disabled list Saturday afternoon against the Baltimore Orioles. He was forced to the disabled list with a right groin strain suffered in the Rays 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on May 15th. He’s in the lineup batting eighth and playing right field.
Currently, he’s batting .200/.252/.345 with five homers and 11 runs driven in; however, from May 1st through May 15th he picked it up batting .268/.302/.390 (11-for-41). No move on the 25-man roster was required as the spot was opened after Denard Span was traded to the Seattle Mariners.
“We have a special team. For a lot of people in baseball and media we’re not.”Span said about what he learned about the team while he was out. “We have 25 games here with a lot of talent that can really play.”
“The most important thing is how the staff, how the veteran guy can prove to the young guys how to believe that they are good enough to compete with anybody. When they believe that, we can play against anybody.”
In addition to Gomez, the Rays roster will receive a boost to their pitching staff with the debut of Nathan Eovaldi on Tuesday night in Oakland against the Athletics. Eovaldi, has not appeared in a big league game since August 10, 2016 against the Boston Red Sox while he was a member of the New York Yankees. He missed all of 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He went on the disabled list just prior to opening day to remove loose bodies in his right elbow.
In other injury news, Yonny Chirinos (right forearm strain) returned to the mound making a rehab start with the Charlotte Stone Crabs on Thursday night. He logged two scoreless innings allowing two hits while walking a pair and striking out two. He’s been on the disabled list since May 1st and his return date has not been established. It is safe to say it will be sometime after the Rays return home from their upcoming nine game road trip (May 28 to June 6th).
Adeiny Hechavarria on the shelf with a right hamstring strain since May 19th is progressing. Like Chirinos, his return will come after the upcoming road trip.
Kevin Kiermaier (torn ligament in right thumb) is making progress in his rehab. He’s bouncing around the Rays clubhouse without a cast on the hand, which is a welcome site.
Other Rays on the disabled list:
- Jake Faria left oblique strain. Expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
- Jose De Leon (60-day) – Tommy John Surgery – will miss all of 2018.