After his huge game on Sunday it was assumed that Kevin Kiermaier would be heading back to Durham with the return of Desmond Jennings. But K2 has received a reprieve…for now.
The Rays have sent Brandon Gomes down to triple-A and will keep an extra bat on the bench and roll with a short-handed bullpen today and tomorrow. On Thursday, somebody else will need to be demoted to make room for Alex Cobb which will push Cesar Ramos back to the bullpen.
Presumably, Kiermaier will be the odd man out, but Logan Forsythe is also possible. Forsythe’s outfield defense has turned out to be less than hoped and his bat is not wowing people like it did in the spring. He has become that player Maddon sometimes has on the bench that we only remember is there when somebody gets hurt.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Jayson Nix, who was just re-signed by the Rays and assigned to Durham, can opt out of his contract on July 15. [@ChrisCotillo]
- The Rays currently have a 23.0% chance of making the playoffs, which all things considered, is not that bad. [BPro]
- Mike Evans throws up a lot. [JoeBucsFan]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Merrill Kelly struck out 7 and walked 1 in 6.1 innings for Durham, but was pulled with a blister on his finger [Update: The Bulls are now saying it was a hand cramp]. Mikie Mahtook had a pair of doubles and is now hitting .306…Richie Shaffer hit his 6th home run of the season for Montgomery…Josh Sale hit his second home run for Charlotte.