Top prospect Myers begins Spring Training with Rays

MIAMI -- Wil Myers hit his eighth and ninth home runs of the season for Triple-A Durham on Tuesday night in the Bulls' 9-8 win over Buffalo.

Myers, who was the marquee player the Rays received from the Royals in the trade that sent James Shields, Wade Davis and Elliot Johnson to Kansas City, now has five home runs and 16 RBIs in his last seven games, including a stretch of four multi-hit games entering Thursday.

He had an RBI double on Wednesday, and is now third in the International League with 41 RBIs.

Alex Colome, who saw Tuesday night's game as a member of the Bulls, gushed about Myers' talents.

"Oh, he's good," Colome said. "He's really good. Last night he got two home runs. Big home runs. He's a good guy. Good teammate. He work really hard. He's ready."

Colome to start with Cobb battling split nail

TB@PHI: Colome surrenders four hits in relief

MIAMI -- Alex Colome arrived to the Rays clubhouse Wednesday afternoon with a glow just to be in the Major Leagues. Once Wednesday night's 3-1 win over the Marlins played out, he had learned he would be the Rays' starter on Thursday due to a minor setback to Alex Cobb.

Cobb suffered a small split in the fingernail of his right middle finger, which has been causing him some discomfort.

"It happened last game, in the New York game, I got a little split," Cobb said. "And it started bleeding a little bit throughout the game. Didn't think too much about it, thought it would heal.

"I waited an extra day for my bullpen. I threw my bullpen [Wednesday] instead of [Tuesday]. And then, I couldn't throw any offspeed pitches. Curveball and changeup both kind of hurt. Fastball felt fine, but I didn't feel comfortable going into the game without knowing if I'd be able to throw my offspeed pitches. They decided it would be better to give it an extra day and try to let it heal."

Cobb had been scheduled to start Friday night in Cleveland, and now his next start is up in the air.

"I told them I could throw if I had to, but it wouldn't be with all my best stuff," Cobb said. "It's not something I've had before, so I think the less setbacks I have during the week, I'll be fine by Sunday or Tuesday."

Matt Moore will be moved from his scheduled start Thursday in Miami to Friday night against the Indians. Saturday's and Sunday's starters are to be determined. But Thursday's starter will be Colome, who was told of his fate by Rays manager Joe Maddon following Wednesday's game.

"He told me, if I want, I start tomorrow," Colome said. "I said, 'Yes, why not?' He say, 'You got it, I don't want you to change anything. You do the same things you do in Durham and throw your game.'

"It's the dream I've waited for for a long time. I feel great, because it's my first time in the big leagues. Now I'm starting. Something good."

Colome, a 24-year-old right-hander, was recalled from Triple-A Durham in the corresponding move for Jake Odorizzi getting optioned to Durham on Tuesday night. Ostensibly, he was slated to help out the bullpen.

"It's really fun, because last night before the game, I didn't think to come here to be here today," Colome said. "But last night when [Durham manager] Charlie [Montoyo] called me and told me I go to the big leagues, I say, 'Wow, you joke or what?' He say, 'No, no, I don't joke. You go to big leagues.' I say all right, and I feel good, because I've been waiting to be here a long time."

Colome noted that he called his family in the Dominican Republic and his roommate, Durham left-hander Alex Torres, who had an abbreviated tour with the Rays earlier this season. Colome reported that his family was happy, and that Torres dispatched some advice.

"He tell me, 'You know what you have to do,'" Colome said. "It's the same thing. You go to big leagues, throw a strike. You have to do the same job you do here in Triple-A."

Among the family members Colome called was his uncle and former Rays right-hander, Jesus Colome.

"He say, 'Yeah, I'm feeling really happy for you, I don't have to say anything to you, because you know how you have to pitch in the big leagues, you know what you have to do, I have nothing to say,'" Alex Colome said. "He tell me every time I'm home, because we live together, he tell me about the big leagues. 'When you get to the big leagues, you have to pitch. Don't fight with nobody. You have to be good teammate and everything.' He teach me everything."

Colome could not hide the joy derived from his promotion. He smiled when asked if he thought he would be in the Major Leagues this season.

"Yeah, I think about that," Colome said. "Because I think I did a really good job in Triple-A. And sometimes I wake up and say, 'When am I going to the big leagues?' That happened last night."

Colome was 4-5 with a 2.60 ERA in 10 starts for the Bulls this season. He struck out 61 in 55 1/3 innings and walked 22. He has been a starter throughout his Minor League career, but he said he pitched out of the bullpen in winter ball, so he is ready for anything thrown his way after Thursday's start. Wednesday would have been his night to start in Durham.

Colome credited his strong showing thus far this season to a slight alteration in his mechanics, which has helped his control.

"Neil Allen [Durham pitching coach] help me," Colome said. "My cutter is really good this year. My changeup, I don't throw a lot of changeup before. Now, [Joel] Peralta help me in Spring Training, he pushed me to throw my changeup. Now my changeup is really good. I can throw for strike, strikeout, whatever. … I feel better. I feel more comfortable."

Designated hitter Scott will likely sit in Miami

TB@BAL: Scott crushes a solo home run in the fifth

MIAMI -- Luke Scott was not in the starting lineup Wednesday night and he likely won't be in the Thursday's, either, since the Rays are playing at Marlins Park, where there will be no designated hitter.

The Rays DH has played in the field only once this season, but that fact had little effect on his mindset.

"I'm ready if needed," Scott said.

Scott played mostly outfield prior to hurting his right shoulder in his final season with the Orioles in 2011. The shoulder required surgery, which limited him to six games in the field last season -- all at first base.

"I'm more of an outfield possibility, but I can play first, too," Scott said. "I can play both. It's not really an issue concerning which one. It's just wherever they put me."

Because the Rays' offense has been on a roll, Rays manager Joe Maddon does not see the need to force Scott's bat into the lineup at this juncture. Maddon said if Scott does play in the field, it would likely be the result of a late-inning move.

Worth noting

• In the aftermath of Jake Odorizzi getting optioned to Triple-A, the Rays need a starter for Saturday's game against the Indians, a game Odorizzi was scheduled to start.

Maddon was vague about what direction the team was leaning, but the leading candidates would seem to be right-hander Chris Archer and left-hander Alex Torres.

Torres picked up a win in relief in Baltimore on May 18 before getting sent back down. Archer was slowed earlier this season by a calf issue, but appears to be back up to speed. Colome, who was recalled by the Rays on Wednesday, is a long shot candidate due to the fact he would have to not be used over the course of the next three games to be available for Saturday.