Maddon pleased with talent amid Rays' cuts

Maddon pleased with talent amid Rays' cuts

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Rays made roster cuts after Thursday night's 5-4 win over the Twins.

The following players were re-assigned to Minor League camp: outfielders Justin Christian and Jerry Sands, infielder Cole Figueroa, catcher Ali Solis, right-handers Steve Geltz and Juan Sandoval and left-hander Adam Liberatore. Right-hander Brad Boxberger was optioned to Minor League camp.

Maddon has seemed impressed by the group of players he has had in camp and noted afterward: "We've sent out a lot of Major League players this year." He specifically called Liberatore a Major League-caliber pitcher.

"And we told him that at our meeting; he was very impressive," Maddon said.

Maddon also expressed how impressed he was with Sands and Boxberger. The Rays now have 34 players in camp.

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