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Tampa Bay Rays: Scenarios for Returns of Drew Smyly, Alex Colome

By Robbie Knopf
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Apr 15, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Erasmo Ramirez delivers a pitch against Toronto

Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

1) Start Both Ramirez and Andriese

This looks like the option that the Rays are least likely to go with. Neither Ramirez nor Andriese has pitched well, and it would be quite a strain on the Rays’ bullpen to pitch them back-to-back. If there is any version of the idea that could work, it would be the following: Andriese starts on the 24th before getting demoted in favor of a long reliever on the 25th. If the Rays are calling up a long reliever anyway, though, why would they be starting Ramirez?

Next: Option 2: Starting Andriese and Then Having a Bullpen Day