Saturday, March 28, 2009

Rays Spring Roster And Transactions Update

Rays Spring TrainingThe Tampa Bay Rays began Spring Training with 63 players and are now down to 37 (15 pitchers, 3 catchers, 10 infielders, 9 outfielders).

Pitchers (15):
RH Grant Balfour, RH Chad Bradford, RH Lance Cormier, RH Matt Garza, RH Jason Hammel, LH J.P. Howell, *RH Jason Isringhausen, LH Scott Kazmir, RH Joe Nelson, RH Jeff Niemann, RH Troy Percival, RH James Shields, LH Brian Shouse, RH Andy Sonnanstine, RH Dan Wheeler.

Catchers (3):
*Michel Hernandez, Dioner Navarro, Shawn Riggans.

Infielders (10):
Willy Aybar, Jason Bartlett, *Morgan Ensberg, Akinori Iwamura, *Adam Kennedy, Evan Longoria, *Ray Olmedo, Carlos Pena, *Chris Richard, Ben Zobrist.

Outfielders (9):
Pat Burrell, Carl Crawford, Gabe Gross, Matt Joyce, Gabe Kapler, Fernando Perez, *Ray Sadler, B.J. Upton, *Jon Weber.

*Non-Roster Invite.

Spring Transactions:
February 17th - Signed INF Adam Kennedy to a minor league contract.

February 20th - Signed RHP Jason Isringhausen to a minor league contract.

March 10th - Optioned LHP James Houser to AAA Durham; reassigned C Craig Albernaz, C Nevin Ashley, LHP Jason Cromer, RHP Neal Frontz, RHP Calvin Medlock and RHP Chad Orvella to minor league camp. LHP James Houser was optioned to Durham (AAA).

March 16th - Optioned RHP Wade Davis, RHP Mitch Talbot and RHP Dale Thayer to AAA Durham; optioned LHP Jake McGee to the minor leagues; reassigned RHP Winston Abreu, INF Tim Beckham, RHP Jason Childers, LHP Randy Choate, RHP Dewon Day, RHP Julio DePaula, LHP Carlos Hernandez, INF Chris Nowak and C Matt Spring to minor league camp.

March 19th - Accepted back RHP Eduardo Morlan from Milwaukee who was selected from AAA Durham in the Rule 5 Draft.

March 23rd - Offered Rule 5 Draft selection RHP Derek Rodriguez back to Chicago White Sox (accepted).

March 25th - Optioned INF Reid Brignac, C John Jaso, INF/OF Elliot Johnson, LHP David Price and OF Justin Ruggiano to AAA Durham.

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