Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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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.