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Rays option Brandon Gomes to Durham

PORT CHARLOTTE -

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.

“I knew it was a possibility,” Gomes said. “I’m not happy about it, but that’s how it goes. Now it’s on me to keep doing what I’ve been doing and come up and help the team whenever need be.”

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.

“Obviously, it’s good to know that you’re in the plans,” he said. “That’s why I have to go down there and keep grinding. It’s all part of the game. You can’t get bent out of shape.”

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.

“I think I did everything I could,” he said. “I threw the ball well. I felt great all spring. It’s a good sign going into the rest of the year. That’s something I feel I can sustain. So keep going, keep doing what I’ve been doing and stay ready.”

 

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