Alex ColomeAlex Colome, one of the Rays’ top pitching prospects, returned to the mound last night and pitched 2 innings for Charlotte in single-A.

If it seems that his 50-game suspension for using horse steroids ended early, that’s because he is still suspended.

Colome is technically a Major Leaguer because he is on the 40-man roster and is only in the minor leagues on an optional assignment. Because he is a big leaguer, he can go on a “rehab assignment” for 16 days.

In other words, Colome’s suspension was reduced to 34 games even though he is technically still suspended. Gotta love baseball, man.


  • Brad Boxberger is expected to be added to the bullpen to take Heath Bell’s spot. Nate Karns briefly took the spot for Sunday’s game, but has been sent back to Durham. []
  • Desmond Jennings was named AL Player of the Week. He had 3 home runs, 3 doubles, and 3 stolen bases last week.
  • It sounds like the Rays nearly cut Josh Lueke instead of Heath Bell, but decided to keep Lueke because he is younger and has a higher upside. []
  • The Durham Bulls cut catcher Eddy Rodriguez to make room for Curt Casali, who was promoted from double-A. [WDBB]
  • Don’t forget that JoeBucsFan has everything concerning the Bucs covered for this week’s NFL Draft. [JoeBucsFan]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscoresKevin Kiermaier went 2-5 and has 10 hits in his last 7 games to raise his average to .300…In double-A, Victor Mateo struck out 9 and walked 1 in 7 innings. He gave up just 1 run…




  1. This is ridiculous, Heath Bell actually did his job, rather than Lueke who has single handedly blown like 10 games.

    • Dave L says:

      No actually that number of factoring in loses would be closer to 3 and the singlehandedly part would be a stretch.

      But I have learned this year that for those who despise Lueke it sure feels like 10!

      His biggest problem as Cork noted was allowing inherited runners to score but it was usually in games we never even scored enough to catch the opponent even if he pitched lights out. He never actually blew a big lead.

      His era is 4.82 and his RA9 is 5.30 which accounts for the unearned runs, about what you would expect from the lowest leveraged reliever. Bells was 7.27 and a RA9 of 8.31 and his problem was from having big innings of his own making and 4.9 walks/ 9 innings to Luekes impressive 1.9 BB9 second lowest on the teams only higher than David Price's microscopic 0.9.

  2. Pete Genova says:

    Aaron, I agree that Josh Lueke has been bad. But Heath Bell has been MUCH worse. Lueke is younger, and his ERA/WHIP are 4.82/1.55. Granted, those numbers are very bad, but Heath Bell's stats make me want to vomit. His ERA was 7.27 with a WHIP of 1.84. I would actually prefer Boxberger and Yates over both of these guys, but if the Rays wanted to show some patience, I would rather them show patience with Lueke. Bell was a strange acquisition. I thought he lost it two years ago in Miami, as documented on 'The Franchise'.


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