Matt Andriese now has a good shot to make the opening day roster.

Matt Andriese now has a good shot to make the opening day roster.

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 5, Phillies 3 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Logan Forsythe hit 2 home runs and now leads the Rays with 3 home runs this spring. No other player has more than 1. The nice thing about these home runs is that both were opposite field showing good drive on the ball even if there was a little bit of wind help.

THE BAD: Alex Cobb left yesterday’s game early with what was described as “forearm tightness.” He had an MRI and the Rays announced he has been diagnosed with elbow tendonitis. The good news is that there is nothing serious. The bad news is that there is a possibility Cobb will miss the first few weeks of the season. This also means that of the Rays’ top 5 starting pitchers, only 2 (Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi) will be available for opening day…Nick Franklin
has 7 hits this Spring. But yesterday he went 0-2 with 2 strikeouts and now has 10 Ks and no walks.

THE TELLING: Desmond Jennings was pulled from the yesterday’s lineup with a stomach bug…The Rays’ likely rotation to start the season is now Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, Nate Karns, Matt Andriese, and either Burch Smith or Mike Montgomery. Sounds great!…Jake McGee threw his first bullpen session yesterday as he progresses back from shoulder surgery. Drew Smyly threw from 90 feet yesterday and is expected to throw again today…Chris Archer will start today and Nate Karns is expected to start tomorrow.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

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Logan Forsythe’s first home run of the game.

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  1. Kevin says:

    Cork - Are you pulling together the playing time table again this spring? Always enjoy that post and curious to see how the middle infield innings are shaping up. Thanks.

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  2. Woodrow744 says:

    Just heard Cobb has tendonitis and won't be ready for Opening Day. Gonna be an interesting group of starters…..

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  3. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    The only positive is that the Rays won't need 5 starters the first time through. Hopefully by the second time through Smyly will be ready and by the 3rd time through Cobb will return. If that holds true, the Rays starters (excluding Moore, of course) will miss a total of 3 starts(Smyly 1, Cobb 2) as a result of tendinitis.
    Buuuut the Rays do usually exercise a ridiculous amount of caution in relation to pitchers, so it could be substantially longer. Either way, could be a lot worse.

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