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Rays need new arm for doubleheader

Rays need new arm for doubleheader

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TORONTO -- Looking ahead on the Rays' schedule, they will play a makeup game against the Yankees as part of a day/night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 7.

Given the fact it's a doubleheader and off-days are sparse, the Rays will need to find a pitcher who is not in the rotation to pitch one of the games. In that vein, they are fortunate that Major League rosters can be expanded on Sept. 1. So chances are the pitcher who will fill that spot is pitching at Triple-A Durham right now.

"We've talked about [who will pitch], but nothing concrete now," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "There has to be somebody from Durham participating. We just don't know how we're going to do it yet. There's other creative ways to get through it, too.

"We've talked about some things. Obviously, we've got to pitch two pitchers [during the doubleheader]. Who those two guys may be, we're still deciding on that. [We don't know] whether it's going to be one guy from Durham and one of the guys from here, or maybe two guys from here if we're creative enough. It will make more sense when we get closer."

Two likely candidates spring to mind, the most obvious being Andy Sonnanstine, who entered Monday night's start at Syracuse with a 4-3 record and a 4.68 ERA. The right-hander had been in the Rays' rotation until June 27, when he was optioned to Durham.

Wade Davis would be the other potential candidate. Davis is the top pitching prospect in the organization, and if he becomes the guy, it is likely that it would be his first Major League start. Davis is 10-7 with a 3.26 ERA for Durham this season.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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