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Matt Duffy to start season on IL as Tampa Bay Rays make more roster moves

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PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 17: Matt Duffy #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during photo day on February 17, 2019 in Port Charlotte, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 17: Matt Duffy #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during photo day on February 17, 2019 in Port Charlotte, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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The Tampa Bay Rays are going to start Matt Duffy on the IL while reassigning ten players as the team inches closer to a 25 man roster.

The biggest news of the day is that the Tampa Bay Rays will start the year without Matt Duffy. Duffy, who has battled injuries all Spring will start the year on the Injured List.

Duffy played in 132 games a year ago for the Rays, just the second time that the infielder has played in over 100 games, the other time being in 2015 with the San Fransico Giants.

The Tampa Bay Rays will look for a few guys to fill in at third base. Yandy Diaz, who has gotten a ton of time at the hot corner this spring, will likely handle the bulk of the action.

Daniel Robertson will see time at the hot corner, the utility infielder will find a way to force his way into the lineup, I think.

Joey Wendel could even see time at the hot corner, with Brandon Lowe, or Daniel Robertson covering for him at second.

The Tampa Bay Rays reassigned Emilio Bonifacio, Jason Coats, Oliver Drake, Mac James, Andrew Kittredge, Hoby Milner, Jake Smolinski, Kean Wong, and Casy Sadler to minor league camp.

That puts the Rays roster at 30 in camp, with four more moves to be made ahead of Opening Day on Thursday against the Houston Astros at the Trop. As Matt Duffy being shelved being the first move towards getting the number towards the 25 man.

Jose De Leon will certainly be one of the camp casualties starting the year on the 60-day IL as he continues to rehab from an arm injury. De Leon did throw live batting practice earlier in the week.

With 16 pitchers left in camp, you could assume most of the remaining moves will be pitchers.

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