Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Brandon Gomes was optioned this morning to Triple-A Durham, a move that means pitcher Jamey Wright will make the Opening Day roster.
Gomes had one option left, while Wright was in camp on a minor-league contract. The Rays could assign Wright, a 17-year veteran, to Durham and pay him a $100,000 retention fee. Wright could also refuse the assignment.
The Rays had until noon today to make the decision on Wright, so nothing is official.
ďI knew it was a possibility,Ē Gomes said. ďIím not happy about it, but thatís how it goes. Now itís on me to keep doing what Iíve been doing and come up and help the team whenever need be.Ē
Gomes pitched for the Rays in each of the past two seasons, joining the club last season for five different stints, so the opportunity will likely come again this year.
ďObviously, itís good to know that youíre in the plans,Ē he said. ďThatís why I have to go down there and keep grinding. Itís all part of the game. You canít get bent out of shape.Ē
Gomes appeared in nine games, pitching 10 1/3 innings. He allowed just two runs, which came in the same outing, meaning he threw eight scoreless outings.
ďI think I did everything I could,Ē he said. ďI threw the ball well. I felt great all spring. Itís a good sign going into the rest of the year. Thatís something I feel I can sustain. So keep going, keep doing what Iíve been doing and stay ready.Ē