TB@CWS: Gomes strikes out side in eighth

ST. PETERSBURG -- Brandon Gomes went on the disabled list with a right lat strain on May 10.

Progress has been slow, but Gomes appears healed and should soon be able to make steady progress toward rejoining the team.

"If everything goes well, should throw off a mound in about a week," the right-hander said.

Gomes began throwing a week ago. As he understood things, a couple of times throwing off the mound would lead into a rehab assignment, which means his earliest return will most likely be at the end of June.

"But that's up to [head athletic trainer] Ron [Porterfield] and the coaches to see how everything goes from there," Gomes said.

Gomes said he had been antsy to return since sustaining the injury.

"But it's good to be pain free," Gomes said. "I can kind of see the light at the end of the tunnel right now."

Looking back, Gomes is glad he went on the disabled list, because he did not see any other alternative.

"It got to the point where I couldn't anymore," Gomes said. "A, it was too painful, and, B, it affected my stuff. So I didn't think I had a choice. If I could have gutted it out, I would have. If it was pain and wasn't affecting how I was throwing, I can deal with that the whole year. But it got to where it was just too painful. That last time I warmed up, I could barely get the ball to the plate.

"For me to go on the DL, there was no other option. I tried to push through it. It took three or four weeks until I finally had no pain. It was a pretty good strain. Now we can go forward, and I can just concentrate on getting my arm in shape so I can get back out there."

Gomes is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 14 games for the Rays this season.

Torres does his part in shutout of Orioles

TB@CLE: Torres impresses with six Ks in four innings

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays pitchers retired the final 12 batters they faced during Saturday's 8-0 win over the Orioles.

Alex Torres contributed to that success by pitching a scoreless seventh inning that saw him strike out Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy.

Torres has now made five appearances in two stints with the Rays this season, and he has yet to be scored upon. In 11 1/3 innings, the 25-year-old left-hander has allowed one hit and three walks while striking out 14.

"He's done a nice job," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He's becoming a little bit of a weapon right now."

Torres was 2-2 with a 3.52 ERA, 61 strikeouts and 21 walks in nine starts for Triple-A Durham this season.