OAKLAND – Rays manager Joe Maddon announced after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the A’s that the Rays are going to start Jamey Wright in this afternoon’s series finale.
The reason is to keep Roberto Hernandez away from the left-handed heavy A’s lineup.
Lefties are hitting .305 against Hernandez this season. Lefties are batting just .205 against Wright.
Wright will begin a parade of relievers as the Rays try to salvage the final game of this series.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Wright said. “It should be fun.”
Wright hasn’t started a game since Aug. 25, 2007, when he was a member of the Rangers.
He has made 54 relief appearances for the Rays this season, none longer than three innings, which he did twice.
How innings can he pitch?
“One to start,” Wright said. “Then we’ll see what happens.”
If Hernandez isn’t needed today he could slide into Tuesday’s slot and start against the Angels. Hernandez has pitched well against the Angels over his career. He allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings to the Angels Aug. 27 at Tropicana Field and was in line for the victory until Fernando Rodney blew the save in the ninth inning.