Tampa Bay Rays
Rays turn to rookie pitchers for Yankees, Red Sox series
ST. PETERSBURG -
The Rays have set their rotation for the three-game series in Boston that begins with Tuesday’s doubleheader.
Chris Archer is slated to start the first game of the day/night doubleheader. Jake Odorizzi will come up from Triple-A Durham and pitch the nightcap. Jeremy Hellickson is scheduled to pitch Wednesday.
Adding Odorizzi and eventually Alex Colome, who is expected to replace Alex Cobb’s spot in the rotation and start Friday against the Yankees in New York, means the Rays will start three rookie pitchers (Archer included) during this seven-game trip through Boston and New York.
Archer’s next turn is set for Yankee Stadium on the final day of the trip, meaning four of the seven games will be started by rookies.
The Rays will not have to clear a roster spot for Odorizzi, who will be added to the roster through MLB’s 26th man rule for doubleheaders.
This will be Odorizzi’s third tour with the Rays. He was originally called up to replace David Price in the rotation when Price went on the disabled list. Odorizzi lasted two starts, allowed nine runs in nine combined innings and was sent back to Durham and replaced by Archer.
Odorizzi was recalled again last week to replace Cobb, who was placed on the three-day bereavement list because of the death of his grandmother. Odorizzi made one relief appearance, pitching 3 1/3 innings against the Royals during the first game of the recently concluded four-game series.
Colome made one start this season, pitching 5 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run in a win at Miami.