Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday Moves

Chris Archer
- The Rays activated DH Luke Scott off the 15-day DL. He recently finished a rehab assignment with the Bulls,.and is in the Rays lineup tonight.

- The Rays optioned RHSP Chris Archer to the Durham Bulls to make room for Scott.

- After the Scott/Archer moves the roster remains at 24 (due to the suspension). RHRPs Kyle Farnsworth and Joel Peralta and RHSP Jeremy Hellickson are expected to be activated by Saturday, so 2 more moves will be necessary to clear space.

- With all of the rain in Port Charlotte playing havoc with the schedule the Stone Crabs have adjusted their rotation as follows:
Thursday - RH Victor Mateo
Friday - LH C.J. Riefenhauser
Saturday - LH Braulio Lara
Sunday game 1 - LH Enny Romero
Sunday game 2 - RH Albert Suarez
- RH Jim Paduch is tonight's scheduled starter for Durham. The rotation after that is listed as 'TBA' by the Bulls.

I will update this if there are any more moves this evening.

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No more transactions but did see a nice article about LHRP Brett Blaise of the GCL Rays, an NDFA out of Belhaven University:
"They told me over the phone that they were impressed with what they saw live in my starts at Belhaven and were surprised I didn't get drafted," Blaise said. "My parents were so excited. My dad has been here already when he travels for work and my mom loves baseball more than I do so she gets to say her son is a pro ballplayer."
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Since making that transition move on and off the field as a professional baseball player, the left-handed pitcher is doing something he hadn't done since leaving high school -- be a relief pitcher out of the bullpen. This past season Blaise posted a record of 4-4 in 2012 and made 15 starts with Belhaven, which ended up being the third most starts in a single season in school history.
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The Rays organization has allowed him to begin his career simply throwing the way he's comfortable with before their coaches begin to work with any mechanical or philosophical defects that pop up along the way. "The Rays have a 30-day rule where they let you do it the way you've always done it for that amount of time and then they go over your weaknesses in a more constructive manner," Blaise said.

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