PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Jake Odorizzi could be pitching for Team USA later this month.The Rays right-hander was added to Team USA's WBC 2017 designated pitcher pool for rounds two and three, which means he can be added to the active roster depending on the status of the team's pitching.Odorizzi
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Jake Odorizzi could be pitching for Team USA later this month.
The Rays right-hander was added to Team USA's WBC 2017 designated pitcher pool for rounds two and three, which means he can be added to the active roster depending on the status of the team's pitching.
Odorizzi took the place of Oakland's Sonny Gray.
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Kevin Cash was asked why Evan Longoria was scratched from Saturday's game, a 1-0 loss to the Orioles. The Rays manager said Longoria was not injured. Instead, he was scratched for the simple reason that had he started it would have been three days in a row.
Longoria is scheduled to play against the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon in Dunedin, then he'll play again Tuesday afternoon in Tampa against the Yankees, and Wednesday night in Port Charlotte against Colombia's WBC 2017 team.
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When asked about any surprises or interesting things that have caught his attention thus far in the spring, Cash noted:
"Rickie Weeks Jr., it's not a surprise the way he can hit. But the way he's come in and really swung the bat well has been nice to see. And then, some of the young guys. [Jake] Bauers has been fun to watch. Willy [Adames] has always been fun to watch."
• Colby Rasmus still has not played. Cash didn't sound alarmed, noting the veteran outfielder is "good."
"I think Colby kind of picks and chooses the days he gets on the field, and wants to," Cash said. "I think he does a lot of cage work and that's the way his routine works. And if that's what he wants to do, that's fine by us."
• Shortstop Matt Duffy is still expected to be ready for game action by the middle of March.
"It's tough to gauge where he's at, because it's [an] every-other-day workload, but we're still hopeful that's the plan," Cash said.
• Kevin Kiermaier (stiff neck) did not play Saturday against the Orioles, but he is slated to make the trip to Dunedin to play against the Blue Jays on Sunday. Regarding his malady, Kiermaier noted: "There was no reason to push it."
• Logan Morrison (left wrist) has not played this spring. Throwing has aggravated his wrist more than hitting. Morrison said he would play in a game on Wednesday when the Rays host Team Colombia in a 6:35 p.m. ET contest.
Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.