PORT CHARLOTTE – Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer was told before Tuesday’s game against the visiting Boston Red Sox that he made the Opening Day roster.
Infielders Jayson Nix and Wilson Betemit and pitcher Mark Lowe, all of whom were in camp on minor-league deals, were told they would not make the team. The three are free to pursue spots with other teams, but Rays manager Joe Maddon said all will be welcomed at Triple A Durham.
With Lowe not on the roster, it appears Brandon Gomes and Josh Lueke will make the team. Maddon couldn’t confirm that Tuesday.
“There’s something else in play,” Maddon said without elaborating.
Nix and Lowe, who did not play in the 4-2 loss, were not in the Rays clubhouse after the game.
Betemit, who did play, said he would like to remain in the organization if that is his only option.
“If another team wants me to be in the big leagues, of course,” he said. “But if not, I’ll stay here.”
Guyer, who played with the Rays in 2011 and 2012, felt he earned his spot on the Opening Day roster, though the Rays risked losing him on the waiver wire if they optioned him to the minor leagues.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity,” Guyer said. “I’ve been working my whole life to make an Opening Day roster and to be up here. Now the hard work starts. Now I have to keep grinding and do everything I can to help the team win.”
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