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Balfour cut; Dohmann takes last bullpen slot

Posted Mar 28, 2008 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Mar 28, 2008 at 12:53 PM

The Rays are making at least some of their final cuts before today’s game, and they already have told Grant Balfour he won’t be on the team. Balfour is expected to be designated for assignment, leaving Scott Dohmann to fill the final bullpen slot.

“I thought I threw the ball pretty good, but at the end of the day it makes no difference,” said Balfour. “I’m out of here. That’s the way it goes.”

Balfour, 30, went 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in a team-high 10 Grapefruit League appearances. He was brilliant until yesterday’s game against the Indians, when he walked four batters and allowed a run in 1 2/3 innings.

Dohmann, also 30, hasn’t pitched as well this spring (0-2, 8.74 ERA), but he was steadier than Balfour in his stint with the Rays last year.

“They knew who they wanted from the get-go, probably – I don’t know what they wanted me to do,” said Balfour. “I could have given up maybe no runs and still not made this team – no one knows. It was disappointing, but I tried to put up a fight and that’s the way it goes. I wish them the best of luck and hopefully I’ll be pitching somewhere.”

We don’t have official word on the other cuts yet, but I don’t expect any surprises.

Reader Comments

Por (David Christopher O'Donnell) on March 28, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The Devil Rays are a playoff team with a healthy Kaz. Now only if we had a young stud in the bullpen.

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Por (Greg M) on March 28, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Don’t be silly David - even if things fall perfectly for the Rays they aren’t a playoff team.  We have legitimate holes in 3rd, RF, DH, C and only average players at SS and 2B.  The pitching will be very subject and the bullpen is old and won’t be able to handle a lot of innings.  Hopefully Maddon can get the boys running and they’ll have a chance to win 75 games.  The Jays are the real team to beat in the AL East this year.

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