5/13/2014 10:43 P.M. ET
Top prospect Romero flies to Seattle as safeguard
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- Enny Romero broke the news that he would be joining the Rays in Seattle by tweeting following message Tuesday afternoon: "Seattle Bound!! Very happy to be blessed with another big league opportunty."
Turns out the hard-throwing left-hander, ranked No. 4 on the Rays' Top 20 Prospect list, was en route to the Emerald City as insurance. Apparaently, an unspecified pitcher, or pitchers, on the staff had some issues.
"We just wanted to make sure that everybody was well," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We just had a couple of little things that we were concerned that may cause us to do something different. But everybody checked out fine, so pretty much, Enny's getting frequent flier miles.
"The fact we're playing in Seattle makes it more difficult to get somebody here if in fact somebody was unable to go; if there was something more serious going on. So we had to take precautions to get him on the plane coming out this way."
Maddon said Romero would fly to Seattle and basically turn around. When asked if Romero had been informed yet that he will not be pitching, Maddon said, "I don't know. It depends on how tech savvy he is on the airplane. Perhaps somebody will text him or tweet out to him that you're out."
Hanigan's efficient run production impressing Rays
SEATTLE -- Ryan Hanigan drove in four of the Rays' runs in Monday night's 12-5 loss to the Mariners.
The Rays catcher did so with a two-out, bases-loaded double off Felix Hernandez in the seventh and an RBI single in the ninth.
Entering Tuesday night's action, he had 22 RBIs in just 90 at-bats to lead all American League players with a 4.09 at-bats per RBI average. He's third in the Major Leagues in the category behind Miami's Giancarlo Stanton (3.57) and Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki (3.76).
When Joe Maddon was asked about Hanigan being tied with James Loney for the team lead in RBIs, the Rays manager noted: "I didn't even know that."
"I didn't even realize that because he's not even playing every day," Maddon said. "I'm so not into, like, typical stats. I'm locked into our stuff. I swear I didn't even know that."
Maddon asked media members how many RBIs Hanigan has and when told, he smiled: "Really? That's outstanding."
Thus far, Hanigan has played well for the Rays. Maddon was asked if the veteran catcher has exceeded expectations.
"Turn back the clock, Rays vs. Cincinnati a couple of years ago, whatever year that was at our place," Maddon said. "He played really well against us. And that's my only visual of him other than seeing him on TV and replays once in a while.
"I really liked the way he caught and threw and blocked, his energy and all that stuff. I thought it was obvious then. And I know [general manager] Andrew [Friedman] and I have been talking about it ever since then."
Maddon summed his remarks by allowing that he "expected good" from Hanigan.
"I expected all the things you're seeing catching wise," Maddon said. "And hitting wise, he had a bad wrist last year. So a lot of what you're seeing right now is not hugely surprising."
Cobb progressing, slated for Saturday rehab start
SEATTLE -- The news concerning Alex Cobb (left oblique strain) continues to be good.
The right-hander threw 60 pitches in a simulated game against extended spring players Monday at the Charlotte Sports Complex. He threw four innings and 15 pitches in each frame.
Cobb felt good on Tuesday, so he will advance to throw a bullpen on Wednesday and make a rehab start on Saturday for a to be determined Rays affiliate.
"He came out of [Monday's outing] really well," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "If [Saturday's start] goes well, we'll make the next step. More than likely it could be that he could pitch for us."
Maddon to take advantage of Myers' versatility
SEATTLE -- Wil Myers played first base for the second time this season during Monday night's 12-5 loss to the Mariners.
The opportunity presented itself when Rays manager Joe Maddon removed first baseman James Loney in the sixth inning of the lopsided game, along with third baseman Evan Longoria and second baseman Ben Zobrist.
"I thought it was the perfect night to give him a little more comfort,'' Maddon said.
Maddon noted that putting Myers at first later in the games is an option he might use more in the future. His first stint came during the 14-inning, 10-5 win over the Yankees in New York on May 2.
"Wil may do that during the course of the season in different moments like you saw in the five-man infield," Maddon said. "You might see if we do a lot of crazy stuff, pinch-run say for Loney late in the game and here's the 10th or 11th inning."
During his first stint at first, Myers used the outfield glove he uses while playing right field and had a putout. Monday night he used first-base coach George Hendrick's first baseman's mitt and made one play, fielding a grounder by Seattle's Brad Miller then touching first base for the unassisted out.
Myers, who played first base in high school and third in the Minor Leagues, said he's fine with having some action at first.
"I don't mind moving around, playing wherever," Myers said. "Just to change it up a little bit is nice."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.