Triple-A stint helps Gomes

Triple-A stint helps Gomes

Triple-A stint helps Gomes
TORONTO -- Right-handed reliever Brandon Gomes is glad to be back with the Rays, but he made good use of his time at Triple-A Durham.

"I went down and just kept working on stuff, and just tried to get outs," Gomes said before Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. "That's all I was really worried about, was getting back to where I was last year."

In retrospect, Gomes feels he benefited from being sent down late in Spring Training.

"[Getting sent down] probably [helped]," Gomes said. "My mechanics were screwed up in Spring Training. I feel so much better now than I did a few weeks ago. It was good.

"I went down and worked everything out that was going wrong in Spring Training. I needed the outings down there to work everything out."

He was 0-1 with a 15.19 ERA in 5 1/3 innings over six outings during the spring.

With the Bulls, Gomes made five appearances without allowing a run, as he gave up two hits and three walks while striking out eight.

Gomes was recalled on Monday to take the place of right-handed reliever Alex Cobb, who was sent to Durham. In 2011, Gomes made 40 appearances in two stints with the Rays and was 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA.