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Rays journal: Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' pitching rotation for the weekend series against the Orioles could have a familiar look: Romo, Romo, Romo.

Manager Kevin Cash said using veteran right-handed reliever Sergio Romo as the "opener" in all three upcoming games against the righty-heavy Orioles was a possibility as the Rays sort out their plans after Tuesday's injury to RHP Jake Faria, who could be out until August.

"I don't know what we're going to do quite yet,'' Cash said. "I would imagine we'll be revisiting Sergio starting again. Maybe he'll start all three games, who knows?''

Romo might be used to getting the first three-six outs, as he was over the weekend in Anaheim. Even if he is, the Rays will plan for LHP Ryan Yarbrough to work the bulk of the innings Friday, LHP Anthony Banda on Saturday and RHP Austin Pruitt on Sunday.

Faria strained his left oblique in Tuesday's game, and a Wednesday MRI exam showed it was significant, with six-to-eight weeks a low-end estimate of how long he will be out.

"From what we found out, he got it pretty good,'' Cash said. "So it could be a little bit longer than that. … Everybody responds a little differently, but he's going to miss some time.''

To take Faria's spot on the roster, the Rays called up LHP Vidal Nuno, a veteran of five major-league seasons (Yankees, D'backs, Mariners, Orioles) who had been pitching well for them at Triple-A Durham: 3-1, 3.57 in eight games (seven starts). Cash said Nuno could be used to provide length out of the bullpen or as another situational lefty.

The Rays had to make room for Nuno on the 40-man roster but essentially delayed the decision by moving RHP Nathan Eovaldi (arthroscopic elbow surgery) from the 10- to the 60-day disabled list, which makes him eligible to return Monday, which is the first day he could be ready after making a rehab start Wednesday.

It’s gotta be the shoes …

Did rookie INF Willy Adames have some help in his smashing debut Tuesday, when he homered off Red Sox ace LHP Chris Sale in his second
at-bat? RHP Chris Archer thinks so. After Adames struck out his in first at-bat, he asked Archer to get him a different pair of cleats since the ones the clubhouse staff gave him felt too big. Archer grabbed a pair of his size 11s, and Adames put them on before his next time up. "So then I hit the homer, and he's like, 'It's the cleats, man, I gave you the power,' '' Adames said. "He gets all the credit.'' After Tuesday's rushed callup for his cameo stint in the majors, Adames had his parents, sister and longtime trainer at the Trop on Wednesday after a trip from their native Dominican Republic.

Medical matters

C Wilson Ramos was not in the lineup, his bruised left hand still sore, but he was considered available if needed. … RHP Nathan Eovaldi (arthroscopic elbow surgery) got roughed up in what was supposed to be his final rehab start Wednesday, allowing eight runs on 10 hits over four innings for Triple-A Durham, throwing 71 pitches. … RHP Yonny Chirinos (forearm strain) makes the first of several rehab outings Thursday with the Stone Crabs.

Welcome return

Nuno, 30, signed a minor-league deal with the Rays early in the offseason in hopes of bouncing back from a rough 2017 with Baltimore (0-1, 10.43 in 12 games) and getting back to the majors. "It's an honor and a privilege to be up here; I'm grateful and humbled,'' Nuno said. "I've been working every day to get this chance. I've got to prove myself. I want to be here every day. It's just all about staying healthy and doing what I've been doing down there.''

The Snell game

Facing the Red Sox for the third time this season and seventh overall, LHP Blake Snell knows familiarity can become an issue, as with other AL East opponents. "They know what you're going to do to get them out,'' he said, "so maybe you start them differently, maybe you end them differently, it varies. But maybe it stays the same." Snell has done well this season versus the Sox, 1-0. 1.38.

Miscellany

• Cash said INF Joey Wendle will return from the paternity list Friday, which means Adames will be sent back down after tonight's game.
• There was a new toy in the clubhouse, and in the hallways, a Smart Co folding electric scooter that C Jesus Sucre ordered online and that he and several players were riding.
• RHP Matt Andriese, who hung the Lightning banner in the clubhouse, said he was okay with rookie OF Johnny Field, a Las Vegas native, having a Golden Knights jersey in his locker.

Times staff writer Will Kennedy contributed to this report.

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