Tampa Bay Rays
Confident Colome set to make Rays debut
Alex Colome arrived in the Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse Wednesday morning expecting to make his major-league debut out of the bullpen.
But after Wednesday night's game, the 24-year-old rookie learned he will take the mound for his first career start tonight.
The move was made after RHP Alex Cobb came down with a minor finger issue that first popped up in his last start on Sunday against the New York Yankees. Cobb took an extra day of rest before making his bullpen session but saw no signs of it healing in time to make his scheduled start on Friday in Cleveland.
So Matt Moore, tonight's originally scheduled starter, will fly to Cleveland ahead of the rest of the team and get the start Friday.
“I got a little split between my fingernail and it started bleeding a little bit (during Sunday's game) but I didn't think much of it and figured it would heal,'' Cobb said. “I waited an extra day to throw my bullpen, but I couldn't throw my off-speed pitches, my curveball and change-up, and that would have hurt. The fastball would have been fine but I didn't feel comfortable going into (the next start) not knowing if I could throw my off-speed pitches.''
For Colome, the nephew of former Rays reliever Jesus Colome, it will be the opportunity to live out a dream come true making his first career start. He was originally scheduled to make his 10th start of the season for Triple-A Durham on Wednesday.
“I'm going to try to do the same job I did in Durham. I'm not going to try to change anything,'' Colome said. “Throw strikes, throw down, make outs.''
With the bullpen overworked, the plan was to use Colome in relief on Wednesday if starter Roberto Hernandez faltered early. But Hernandez came one out shy of a complete game, which allowed manager Joe Maddon to make the move and allow Colome to pitch in a more familiar role.
In nine starts with Durham this season, Colome has a 4-5 record with a 2.60 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings.
Open spot † With LHP David Price on the disabled list and his spot in the rotation coming up Saturday in Cleveland, the Rays have yet to announce who will get the start that had been filled by RHP Jake Odorizzi in the previous two starts.
But Odorizzi was optioned to Durham after struggling in his two outings, and Maddon said there are a number of options, which could include Chris Archer or Alex Torres.
Noteworthy † The Rays will hold a second Bark in the Park day June 16 against the Kansas City Royals, as the left-field party deck will turn into the “Dog Zone'' with special product samples and activities for owners and their pets. … LF Kelly Johnson moved into second place in franchise history for RBIs in a month with 26, behind only Evan Longoria, who had 31 in May 2009. … The broadcast auction held during Tuesday's telecast on Sun Sports raised a record $90,000 to benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation and Tampa General Hospital Foundation.
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