On Sunday afternoon Alex Colome made what he and the Rays hope will be his final rehab start with the Triple-A Durham Bulls.
Overall he was sharp going six innings allowing one earned run on four hits striking out six hitting a batter and walking none. He threw a total of 63 pitches and 45 were strikes. He was scheduled to get to around 90 pitches but the Bulls offense scored a pair of runs in a long top of the seventh inning and with the game time temperature only being in the upper 40’s the Bulls decided to take him out.
Ronald Belisario came in to replace him in the bottom of the seventh and allowed one run but recorded the final out to pick up his second save on the season.
Colome should be ready to rejoin the Rays on the upcoming road trip and may get an opportunity to open the Orioles series on Friday or may pitch in the Rays pen until the next time a 5th starter is needed on May 5th.
Colome’s arrival to spring training was delayed by Visa issues leaving the Dominican Republic. When he finally arrived at Port Charlotte he threw one bullpen session before falling ill and landing in the hospital with pneumonia. He opened the 2015 season on the disabled list and has slowly been building his stamina back up in minor league rehab appearances.
His first two outings were completed with the Rays High-A affiliate Charlotte Stone Crabs where he worked in two games and threw 6 innings allowing two earned runs on nine hits striking out five and walking none. He moved to the Rays Triple-A affiliate Durham Bulls and in his first start allowed one run on four hits striking out six and walking three.