Should Bedard Or Ramos Falter, Whose Next Up For Rays Rotation?

Cesar Ramos & Erik Bedard Get First Shot – After That?

Alex_Cobb_2014Alex Cobb was impressive against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday afternoon tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out five Reds in the Rays 1-0 victory.

After the game their was discussion as to why Cobb was removed after 87 pitches for pinch hitter Logan Forsythe.

It turns out that Cobb was experiencing tightness in his side and Maddon didn’t want to risk injury having him swing the bat.

Cobb said that the tightness wasn’t bad and shouldn’t affect his next start but this morning the Rays placed Alex Cobb on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. He joins starting pitchers Jeremy Hellickson (elbow surgery expected to return in June) and Matt Moore (possibly lost for the season) on the disabled list and Alex Colome on the suspended list.

Cesar Ramos is taking Matt Moore’s spot in the rotation and Erik Bedard is expected to take Alex Cobb’s spot. With Jeremy Hellickson out until June and Cobb on the shelf for hopefully only the next three to four weeks both Bedard and Ramos will have a few starts and if they pitch effectively then they will continue to take their turn but if they don’t who’s next?

Nate Karns (RHP) – 2013 Durham Bulls – (7.1 IP), 0-1, 13.50 ERA, 10K/10BB

Acquired by the Rays from the Washington Nationals for Jose Lobaton, Felipe Rivero, and Drew Vettleson. Made three starts (12 innings) for the Nationals in 2013 posting a 0-1 record with a 7.50 ERA.

Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 12th round of the 2009 draft and immediately underwent shoulder surgery delaying the start of his professional career until 2011. He spent the 2013 season with the Washington National Double-A affiliate Harrisburg Senators where he made 23 starts (132.2 IP) and posted a record of 10-6 with a 3.26 ERA striking out 155 batters while walking just 48. Despite not touching the Triple-A level the Nationals called him up to make three starts at the major league level.

Roster Status: 4o-man

Matt Andriese (RHP) – 2013 Durham Bulls – (10 IP), 1-1, 5.40 ERA, 13K/5BB

Acquired by the Rays from the San Diego Padres along with Logan Forsythe, Brad Boxberger, Matt Lollis, and Maxx Tissenbaum in exchange for Alex Torres and Jesse Hahn.  He was drafted by the Padres in the 3rd round of the 2011 draft and spent the 2013 season between the Padres Double-A affiliate San Antonio Missions and their Triple-A affiliate Tuscon Padres making a total of 25 starts (134.2 IP) posting a record of 8-2 with a 2.37 ERA striking out 1o5 while walking only 29.

Roster Status: Not on 40-man roster

Enny Romero (LHP) – 2013 Durham Bulls – (9.2 IP) – 1-1, 3.72 ERA 12K/5BB

Rated as Baseball America’s #90 prospect on their top 100 list. Signed by the Rays out of the Dominican Republic in 2008.  Battled control issues through while traversing the lower levels of the minor leagues but found a more consistent delivery with the Rays Double-A affiliate Montgomery Biscuits and Triple-A affiliate Durham Bulls in 2013 posting a record of 11-7 with a 2.61 ERA over 28 starts (148.1 innings). He struck out 112 batters and walked 76.  Made his major league debut with the Rays on September 22, 2013 against the Baltimore Orioles logging 4.2 innings of scoreless baseball allowing just one hit but walked four.

Roster Status: 4o-man

Mike Montgomery (LHP) – 2013 Durham Bulls – (10 IP) – 2-0, 0.90 ERA, 12K/4BB

Once a highly touted prospect (#21 by Baseball America prior to 2011 season) with the Kansas City Royals Montgomery fell on hard times trying to realize his potential. In 2011 with the Royals Triple-A affiliate Omaha Storm Chasers he made 27 starts posting a 5-11 record with a 5.32 ERA. In 2012 between the Royals Double-A affiliate Northwest Arkansas Naturals and Omaha Storm Chasers he made 27 starts and went 5-12 with a 6.07 ERA. After being traded to the Rays from the Royals in the James Shields trade he made 21 starts between the Rays High-A affiliate Charlotte Stone Crabs and their Triple-A affiliate Durham Bulls posting a record of 7-9 with a 4.83 ERA.

Roster Status: 4o-man

Merrill Kelly (RHP) – 2013 Durham Bulls – (12 IP), 2-0, 0.75 ERA, 11K/4BB

A name you will not find on any top prospect list – he is one of the guys who just pitches well at every level he is at. Not a hard throwing pitcher but gets guys out with an above average changeup.

Drafted by the Rays in the 8th round of the 2010 draft. He spent the 2011 season Rays High-A affiliate Charlotte Stone Crabs where he made 23 starts and posted an 8-7 record with a 3.28 ERA. He advanced to the Rays Double-A affiliate Montgomery Biscuits where he appeared in 32 games but only made 9 starts posting a record of 8-3 with a 3.57 ERA.  He spent the 2013 season between the Montgomery Biscuits and the Rays Triple-A affiliate Durham Bulls making 26 starts and posting a record of 13-10 with a 3.64 ERA.

Roster Status: Not on 40-man roster

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