Jul 28, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Brad Boxberger (26) is congratulated by manager Joe Maddon (70) after he pitched the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Injuries have also opened up a couple of opportunities in the Rays bullpen. Five spots seem fairly solid with Brad Boxberger, Grant Balfour, Kevin Jepsen, Ernesto Frieri, and Jeff Beliveau on the Opening Day roster. Aside from that, Jake McGee’s injury has created an opening for a middle reliever for about a month and the need for Colome in the rotation opens up a spot for a pitcher capable of providing length.
In regards to the short relievers, possible options are Kirby Yates, Jose Dominguez, Steve Geltz, and possibly non-roster invitee Jhan Marinez. Those four should certainly be enough. For the long-man spots, on the other hand, C.J. Riefenhauser, Brandon Gomes, and Everett Teaford are three options, but none of them is a great fit.
Riefenhauser could use more time at Triple-A while the non-roster invitees, Gomes and Teaford, have poor big league track records. Someone like Montgomery may be a better fit, but are the Rays still hoping that he can start? The Rays do have room to sign a long reliever, but worst-case scenario, they have so many possibilities and someone will inevitably be a decent enough pitcher.