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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Bullpen roles will change
Posted Apr 10, 2007 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Apr 10, 2007 at 08:14 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas—Yes, it’s only been six games, but enough is enough. The Rays have stuck with a general bullpen structure through the first week, but it will change after last night’s debacle. Manager Joe Maddon said it’s time to look at some guys in different roles.
“This is an area that we have to get better at,” said Maddon. “It’s a big part of us doing well, is how we get better in this area, so I’m willing to experiment a little bit and will do so. It’s not for a lack of faith in anybody as much as I want to give other guys a look in those situations, also.”
Expect to see more of J.K. Ryu in the later innings, with Gary Glover also a possibility. Shawn Camp will still be in there, as the Rays believe he can get right-handed hitters out, but Ruddy Lugo probably won’t be used in pressure situations for a while.
“I have a lot of faith in both of these guys,” Maddon said of Camp and Lugo. “It’s must a matter of, we have to give everybody opportunities to see what they can do. We’ve talked about that from Day 1, and Gary Glover’s really responded well. J.K. we just haven’t had out there often enough, but I really have a lot of faith in his stuff. ... I like Reyes at the end. I like Stokes more toward the end, also. The mixing and matching prior to that particular point is still a little bit up in the air.”
In other news, Josh Hamilton gets his first big-league start tonight for the Reds at Arizona. He’ll be leading off.