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Cash lauds work of Rays' 3 primary catchers

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Rays manager Kevin Cash is considering different options at catcher this season and is preparing to go with a platoon if necessary.

Curt Casali, who played 76 games behind the plate in 2016, has found a lot of competition from Jesus Sucre and Luke Maile, with Cash noting he's seen good things out of all three of them.

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Rays manager Kevin Cash is considering different options at catcher this season and is preparing to go with a platoon if necessary.

Curt Casali, who played 76 games behind the plate in 2016, has found a lot of competition from Jesus Sucre and Luke Maile, with Cash noting he's seen good things out of all three of them.

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"They've all played well," Cash said. "Sucre, Curt and Luke Maile have caught the bulk of it. Michael McKenry is going to get more reps as we send some catchers down in the coming weeks. They each have done some good things this spring."

Casali, Maile, Hank Conger and Bobby Wilson all spent time at catcher last season, with mixed results. Cash hopes that whoever plays the position this year can be a reliable option and one that can keep runners honest and call a good game.

"Last year, we couldn't find that consistency," Cash said. "We don't need to have an everyday catcher -- just knowing what you're getting of the two guys really on their defensive aspect and working with the pitchers."

Worth noting

• Cash said first baseman Logan Morrison is getting close to seeing the field and could be the designated hitter Wednesday against Team Colombia. Reliever Brad Boxberger, however, is still being held out at the manager's discretion.

"We just want to hold him out," Cash said. "With the injuries he had last year, we want to make sure he's ready to go, and when he is, get him a pretty healthy workload leading up to Opening Day."

• The Rays will provide Colombia with some pitching help Wednesday. Non-roster invitees Diego Moreno, Jeff Ames and Neil Wagner will all pitch in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings for Colombia.

"A little odd, but it's kind of a request they had," Cash said. "Where we're at, we've got plenty of guys who can pitch, so I guess it works out OK."

Corey Long is a contributor to MLB.com.

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