Herd of hopefuls eagerly awaiting Sept. callups

Rays will wait for Durham to finish season before promoting from Triple-A

August 29th, 2018

ATLANTA -- Once Saturday rolls around, Major League teams can expand their rosters by calling up Minor Leaguers.

The Rays' roster is already swelling with young players who might otherwise have been a "September callup." Still, there are others who will likely make their way to Tampa Bay this weekend.

"Every September when the roster expands, you have interesting opportunities," said Chaim Bloom, Rays general manager. "You're able to give [manager Kevin Cash] and his staff a roster they can do a little more with. And you also are able to carve out some opportunity for guys that you might not have been able to when you're limited to only 25 [players]. So all of that is going to be on your mind."

Bloom would not say who will be making it to the Show, but it's fair to assume one or two will arrive Saturday, and more will follow once Triple-A Durham's season is complete.

"We have to make sure that we do, in fact, have opportunity for whomever we bring here," Bloom said. "We're fortunate now: We've got a club in Durham that's playing very meaningful games. They've been doing a lot of good things together.

"And there are guys who are a big part of what we're hoping to accomplish here down the road, that if we bring them here and they don't get to play a lot, they're probably better served getting that every-day opportunity in a pennant race in Durham."

Quicker to the plate

Right-hander , who will start Friday night against the Indians, knows he needs to improve on controlling the running game.

"I just need to be quicker to the plate," Glasnow said.

Glasnow has been working with pitching coach Kyle Snyder between starts, and believes they've been making strides.

"I think it's a lot easier now that I'm on a five-day routine, and I know when I'm going to pitch, and have bullpens and stuff," said Glasnow, who had been pitching out of the Pirates' bullpen before the Rays traded for him on July 31. "So it's way easier to make adjustments now. When I was in the bullpen, I'd try to fiddle around ... every time I went out to pitch. But I pitched too frequently to make any drastic change."

Cash called Glasnow improving his running game a "sensitive subject" because Glasnow has had success since joining the Rays, which makes them reluctant to tinker.

"He's got his strike-throwing up to a really good spot," Cash said. "I think we just want to let him continue to pitch and let him work through some things the rest of these starts, and into the offseason at his pace.

"We're not going to sit here and dwell on that, because he's already shown well with what he does. He can really limit offenses. So those will kind of be conversations as they continue to evolve, and as his mechanics continue to develop."

Lowe's first

Tuesday night, Brandon Lowe connected for his first career home run, on a 2-2 pitch from in the sixth inning. In doing so, Lowe became the fifth Rays player to hit his first career homer this season, joining , , and Michael Perez.