Rays make cuts, send eight to Minors camp

Rays make cuts, send eight to Minors camp

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Eight players were sent to Rays Minor League camp on Saturday.

Three of the players -- left-handers Enny Romero and Mike Montgomery and right-hander Alex Colome -- are all on the 40-man roster, so they were optioned.

Meanwhile, right-handers Matt Andriese, Merrill Kelly and Victor Mateo, along with outfielder James Darnell and catcher Luke Maile -- all non-roster invitees -- were returned to Minor League camp.

The reduction leaves 55 players in camp, though the Rays will have one additional player among their numbers once Juan Carlos Oviedo arrives after dealing with visa issues.

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