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Rays send 11 players to Minor League camp

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Rays' roster was reduced to 51 on Monday afternoon when 11 players were sent to Minor League camp.

Frank De Los Santos, Mike Montgomery, and Alex Colome were optioned to Triple-A Durham. Enny Romero was optioned to Double-A Montgomery, and Felipe Rivero was optioned to Class A Charlotte. Matt Buschmann, Adam Liberatore, Marquis Fleming, Mark Thomas, Nick Weglarz and Shawn O'Malley were reassigned to Minor League camp.

Rays manager Joe Maddon spoke about Mike Montgomery, the 23-year-old left-hander and No. 8 prospect acquired in the trade that sent James Shields to the Rays.

"It's not a surprising situation that he's not ready yet, but it was really good to be on the field with him and have a better understanding about what he needs to do to get better," Maddon said. "And I think we were very specific with him in a meeting right now about what to do.

"You look at things theoretically and you look at data, scouting reports or whatever, but you have to be on the field and talk to the guy to get a really good idea or feel about what's going on. And with him, it became more obvious when we watched him about what we want to do with him moving forward, and I felt good about the advice that we gave him inside."

When talking about the rest of the group, Maddon spoke glowingly about a trio of pitchers, all from the Dominican Republic.

"Colome, you can tell where he needs some work yet," Maddon said. "I really liked what Felipe Rivero did -- I'm a big fan of his, and [of] Enny.

"The thing that really stands out is how well we've done in the Latin American program regarding preparing these guys to be here, period."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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