BALTIMORE — LHP Matt Moore played catch Monday afternoon, but Rays manager Joe Maddon said a decision has not been made on what course of action Moore will take with his partially torn UCL — surgery or rehab.
Meanwhile, RHP Jake Odorizzi, scheduled to start Tuesday night against the Orioles, was sent back to the hotel Monday afternoon because he wasn’t feeling well. LHP Enny Romero was scratched from his start Monday with Triple-A Durham and is on call in case Odorizzi is scratched.
If Romero does start, he will be the seventh different pitcher to start in the first 15 games.
“It’s unusual for us to be in this position,” Maddon said. “But we like our choices. We like our choices that are still in Triple-A. It happens to everybody every year. It’s happening to us right now. I still fully believe that we’ll be able to win with the guys we have out there. I’m not looking for anybody to step up. I’m not looking for anybody to do any more. Just go out and do your jobs.”
Moore said Friday in Cincinnati that he would make a decision on the long-term treatment for his left elbow strain. It did not come Monday, but Maddon said the reports from head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield were encouraging.
“Ronnie said he turned it loose a little bit, so we’ll see. Probably a good test for him,” Maddon said. “The word ‘pain’ was not used. Ronnie told me he actually threw the ball pretty good.”
Speaking of pain …
RHP Grant Balfour returned to Baltimore on Monday for the first time since he was here in December to have a physical before signing a contract with the Orioles.
But the Orioles quickly decided Balfour did not pass the physical. So Balfour said he left and looked for a job elsewhere, landing with the Rays in late January.
“No. I’m not going to let them dictate what I do. I don’t need any,” Balfour said. “Whatever they did is what they did, and they know what they did. And that’s all going to take care of itself. For me, it’s all about playing and winning for my team. I don’t need to do any more than what I’m doing. I tell myself every year, you don’t have to go out there and do any more. Just keep doing what you’re doing. Stay consistent. I know what I can do, what I’m capable of.”
Maddon said he is not concerned that the emotional Balfour will be any more emotional should he appear in this series.
“I would imagine there might be something in the back or your mind, in the back of your heart, but just go out there and play,” Maddon said. “Whoever is in the batter’s box, just get him out regardless of what it says on their uniform.”
RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo was scheduled to come off the disabled list Monday but is at least a week away from joining the team, Maddon said.
Oviedo, in the final stages of rehabbing from Tommy John surgery that was delayed by him missing nearly all of spring training, has pitched four innings in four appearances at Triple-A Durham. He’s allowed three hits and struck out five.
“He’s getting close, though,” Maddon said. “He’s doing well. There’s no setbacks.”
Ramos to start again
There was some hesitation by Maddon on Sunday when asked if LHP Cesar Ramos would make his next scheduled start after he allowed four runs in two-plus innings in a 12-4 loss to the Reds. But Maddon said Monday that Ramos will make that start, scheduled for Friday against the Yankees at Tropicana Field.
“We just wanted to talk it all the way through and we decided to let it ride based on what we had seen,” Maddon said. “He had a tough day. That happens to everybody.”
Rain is expected all day Tuesday in Baltimore, which could postpone the game.
If so, Maddon said that could change the probables for the upcoming four-game series with the Yankees.
LHP David Price, Wednesday’s starter, could be pushed back to start Thursday.
RHP Brad Boxberger was recalled Monday and made his Rays debut in the sixth inning. … The Rays and Orioles will wear No. 42 on Tuesday during the annual April 15 tribute to Jackie Robinson. … The Rays entered Monday 3-0 during their previous five games when scoring two or fewer runs and 0-2 when scoring three or more. … LF Brandon Guyer was interviewed before the game by his wife, Lindsay Murphy, a sports anchor for Fox 5 in Washington. … RHP Jeremy Hellickson is scheduled throw off the mound today for the first time since his Jan. 28 elbow surgery.