4/14/2014 7:12 P.M. ET
No extra motivation for Balfour against Orioles
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- Grant Balfour has shown no rage, but he is over the questions about whether he would have any extra motivation about facing the Orioles.
Prior to Monday night's Rays-Orioles contest, Balfour had to face a new round of the questions because the series brings the right-hander his first opportunity of the season to face the Orioles.
In December, the Australia native agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with the Orioles, but that deal fell through when Baltimore said he flunked his physical. In the aftermath of that news, Seth Levinson, Balfour's agent, charged that his client was healthy and that the O's had just decided not to sign him. Validating his charge, Levinson cited the findings of two doctors who found nothing out of order after looking at an MRI of Balfour's right shoulder.
In January, Balfour signed with the Rays.
Balfour was polite Monday while fielding questions about the topic that won't go away.
"When you go to free agency, you have a choice between 30 teams," Balfour said. "So you never know where you're going to be. And I'm just glad I ended up here with the Rays."
Balfour allowed that the last time he was in Baltimore was to take the physical before the contract could be approved. He remained in Baltimore and later that day he learned from his agent that he had flunked the physical.
"When I walked out of here last time, I was not going to be an Oriole," Balfour said. "There wasn't a meeting [with the Orioles]. Just basically my agent telling me that I had failed my physical and I would not be an Oriole. ... So I said alright, get me the next flight out of here, I'm going home. You're not signing me, get the [heck] out of here cause somebody else is going to sign me. ... I was healthy. That's the end of the story really."
Balfour, who is known to bring his "Aussie Rage" to the mound as a closer, said that he did not have any extra emotions boiling inside of him because the Rays were playing the Orioles.
"No, I'm not going to let them dictate what I do," Balfour said. "I don't need any [extra emotion], whatever they did is what they did and they know what they did. And that's all going to take care of itself. For me, it's all about playing and winning for my team. I don't need to do any more than what I'm doing. I tell myself every year, you don't have to go out there and do any more. Just keep doing what you're doing. Stay consistent. ... I know what I can do, what I'm capable of."
In essence, Balfour plans to treat the Orioles like any other team.
"They're no different than anyone else," Balfour said. "That's why it's not a big deal to me. You guys want to talk about it, but I don't want to talk about it. I've got nothing to say other than there's 29 other teams out there, they're one of them and I want to beat them because I'm here to win. ... Good deal for me, because I get to stay here with the Rays. It's all good."
Boxberger joins Rays from Triple-A Durham
BALTIMORE -- The Rays recalled right-hander Brad Boxberger on Monday. Boxberger takes the place of left-hander Jeff Beliveau, who was optioned to Triple-A Durham following Sunday's 12-4 loss to Cincinnati.
"Found out yesterday," Boxberger said. "Flew in about [2 p.m. ET Monday], so a little bit of a whirlwind, but nothing I'm not used to."
The Rays have made five roster moves during the current road trip, four of which involved Beliveau, and two which placed a starting pitcher (Matt Moore and Alex Cobb) on the disabled list.
"It's kind of like with every team, things happen, people move every which way, but it's good to be here now to try and help the team," Boxberger said.
Boxberger was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA and a save in six appearances at Durham. Among the things standing out from his seven innings pitched this season is the fact he has struck out 11.
"Really no secret, I just go out there and try to attack hitters and see what happens," Boxberger explained.
Rays manager Joe Maddon was pleased to have Boxberger on the roster.
"Boxy's here, really good to have him," Maddon said. "Had a great camp. Really like his stuff. He gets righties and lefties out."
• Juan Carlos Oviedo is coming along nicely, which should give the bullpen a boost when the veteran right-hander finally arrives. When asked when Oviedo might join the team, Maddon said, "About a week is about what I'm hearing."
• Cesar Ramos, who took the loss against the Reds Sunday, will be the Rays' starter Friday night against the Yankees. After Sunday's game, Maddon would not divulge whether Ramos would make his next start.
• Joel Peralta remains weak after suffering from flu-like symptoms over the weekend. Maddon would like to get Peralta some work in the earlier innings of the game to let him get back in the groove rather than immediately throwing him back into late-inning situations.
• Jeremy Hellickson will throw off a mound for the first time Tuesday since having surgery to remove "loose bodies" from his right elbow in January.
• Matt Moore played catch with Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield on Monday. The left-hander's status for the remainder of the season is still in question after he went on the disabled list on Tuesday due to pain in his left elbow that he experienced after throwing a changeup in his April 7 start against the Royals.
"He threw and [Porterfield] said he threw OK, so I'm waiting to hear what the final analysis is," Maddon said. "Ronnie said he turned it loose a little bit, too. ... The word pain was not used. Ronnie said he actually threw the ball pretty well."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.