04/05/2013 9:20 PM ET
Gomes optimistic after Major League callup
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
ST. PETERSBURG -- Brandon Gomes threw the ball well all spring. In fact, he threw the ball so well that Rays manager Joe Maddon had a difficult time thinking of another pitcher who did quite as well as the right-hander.
Nevertheless, Gomes did not make the club out of Spring Training. The fact he had a remaining option factored into that decision. Friday, he returned to the Rays after just three days with Triple-A Durham.
When Gomes was sent down, he told reporters he would be back. But three days beat even his most optimistic thoughts of rejoining the Rays.
"You can never expect to come up after three games. But I'm extremely happy," Gomes said. "Any time you have the opportunity to come up here and help the team, you're going to be very happy about it. I'm looking forward to another opportunity. I feel great, so I'm ready to go."
Gomes owns a career 4-3 record and a 3.62 ERA in 55 relief appearances over two seasons with the Rays. In Spring Training, Gomes went 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA. He believes he can carry over what he did this spring into the regular season.
"I felt strong mechanically," Gomes said. "All my pitches felt good. I don't see why I can't continue that kind of success, that mindset of just attacking hitters, just going to carry that through the rest of the year."
When asked if he'd learned anything during his three days in Durham, Gomes quipped: "That I can still ride a bus."
Rays trade catcher Vogt to Oakland
ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay traded catcher Stephen Vogt to Oakland for a player to be named later or cash.
Vogt, 28, has been optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A's designated right-handed pitcher Dan Otero for assignment.
Vogt saw his first Major League action over three stints with the Rays in 2012 and made the Opening Day roster. He appeared in 18 games, including four starts, and went 0-for-25. He has a .299 career Minor League average.
• The Rays are inviting fans to their dogs to "Bark in the Park" day on April 21, when the Rays take on Oakland at 1:40 p.m. ET. This ticket package includes one seat for the dog owner and one for the dog in the tbt Party Deck, and one adjustable Rays dog collar for just $25. Friends and family can tag along with additional tickets for $20 each. Tickets to Bark in the Park must be purchased online using the password "Bark1" in order to receive this special offer.
• By starting for the Rays Thursday, Roberto Hernandez ended a Rays' streak of 650 games in which no pitcher born outside the United States made a start for the team. Edwin Jackson, who was born in Germany and pitched on the final day of the 2008 season, made the last start by a foreign-born starter prior to Hernandez.
• Chris Davis, who dismantled the Rays with his bat during the Orioles series, tied the record for the most RBIs by a Rays opponent. Davis drove in 11 runs in the three-game series, as did Florida's Bruce Aven from June 4-6, 1999 at Tropicana Field.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.