Rays Notes: Jake Odorizzi Sent Down, Josh Sale Messes Up Again

By Robbie Knopf

The Rays made a roster move following Tuesday’s game, sending down right-hander Jake Odorizzi to get another reliever for today’s game. Odorizzi did not pitch well against the Marlins, but his demotion came more because of the Rays’ bullpen workload and less because of his performance.

"“I’m disappointed,” Odorizzi said. “Even if I had got the win (Monday), it wouldn’t really have mattered. It wasn’t a reflection of outings or anything. They just needed somebody, and I was the lucky guy.”"

Among options for the Rays to call up are lefty Jeff Beliveau and right-hander Alex Colome, with whoever coming up likely staying in the major leagues until David Price‘s rotation spot comes up again on Saturday. A prime candidate for that Saturday start is Chris Archer, who would be making his season debut.

Rays roster moves are always notable, but the biggest and most bizarre story revolves around outfield prospect Josh Sale, the Rays’ first round pick back in 2010. Sale’s 50-game suspension for performance enhancers concluded a few days ago, but he was kept back in extended spring for an extra week after being sick. But just as Sale was about to get an opportunity to redeem himself, it seems that he has gotten himself into trouble again. Deadspin reported that Sale posted on Facebook about “throwing change at strippers” and the Tampa Bay Times has chimed in that the Rays will have an announcement about Sale later today. Sale received high marks for his character just a couple of years ago, and now he’s running into yet another problem. What is going on?