Rays Notes: Roster Set, Carlos Pena Gets a Hit in Astros Debut

By David Hill

The Rays Opening Day roster is now set, as Luke Scott has officially been placed on the disabled list. Shelley Duncan has taken the roster spot while Scott is out, presumably for the short term. However, if Duncan can hit for the same type of power he displayed during Spring Training while improving his batting average, he may force the Rays to re-examine the roster once Scott comes back. In fact, that potential power is why Duncan was selected over the other options, like Leslie Anderson or Chris Gimenez. Chances are, Duncan is only up for the short term, but situations can change, particularly if he can provide a power bat off the bench.

The Rays full season minor league rosters were also announced yesterday, with a few interesting moves in terms of where players were sent. Richie Shaffer and Drew Vettleson are starting the season with the Charlotte Stone Crabs, while Cameron Seitzer is skipping Charlotte altogether, and has been assigned to the Montgomery Biscuits, and will be joined there by Enny Romero. Meanwhile, Taylor Guerreiri will begin the year with the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

Finally, although the Rays do not begin their season for another day, there was baseball last night involving a former member of the Rays. Yes, Carlos Pena made his Astros debut last night in an 8-2 victory over the Rangers. Pena, in the lineup as the Astros designated hitter, struck out three times in the game, continuing his strikeout heavy approach that he had on display last year. However, he also managed to get a single to left center, showing that his approach in September of last year when he started taking the ball the other way may not have been a fluke. If he can continue that approach, he may be able to put together a bounce back year.