Saturday, March 15, 2014

Myers OK; Odorizzi happy with outing

Safe to assume there were more than a few Rays fans among the 8,080 fans packed into McKechnie Field this afternoon.
All of them took a gasp when Wil Myers, the American League's reigning Rookie of the Year, fouled a ball of his right leg and limped all the way back to the clubhouse.
The good news is Myers is fine. He's been diagnosed with a bruised right quad and is day-to-day.
"It initially kind of scared me. But it's fine right now," Myers said Saturday, when the Rays beat the Pirates 6-3.
Myers plans to ice his leg and will see how it feels Sunday before handicapping when he will be back in the lineup.
"It's sore, and it's going to be sore in the morning," he said. "So we'll see how tomorrow goes. I may play tomorrow. Who knows?"
Myers left the game during the middle of an at-bat, which was finished by Jerry Sands, who stayed in the game and drove in two runs.
"I probably would have stayed in if it was a normal regular season game that meant something," Myers said. "But this right here,  I just want to be cautious."
 Myers' teammate, Jake Odorizzi, threw 3 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and a run, walking three and striking out two. In the running to win the No.5 spot in the rotation, Odorizzi lowered his spring ERA to 2.25.
"I don't think it hurt my case at all," he said. "I'm happy with it."
Cesar Ramos, also in the hunt for the final spot, allowed two earned runs on four hits over the final 5 1/3 innings.
As for the Pirates, they have three home games next week, beginning Monday, St. Patrick's Day, against the New York Yankees.
Thursday the Baltimore Orioles make the short trek from Sarasota for the only night game at McKechnie Field this spring, and the Phillies come to Bradenton on Saturday.

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