UPDATES & NEWS
Dustin McGowan will make his next scheduled start on Sunday.
With Marcus Stroman pitching well in the minors and he and McGowan on the exact same throwing schedule, there's been plenty of talk of him replacing McGowan in the rotation. But John Gibbons isn't giving up on McGowan just yet and will allow him to at least make his next start. We assume that Gibbons will just take it on a game-by-game basis.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Rays designated P Grant Balfour for assignment.
There's no word as to why Balfour was DFA'd here as he's pitched pretty well so far, especially for a guy who had to leave the team during spring training to help take care of his ailing father. He did hit a bump in the road Saturday when he allowed three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, but before that, he had made five appearances, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits with no runs. The Rays will likely give some reason for the move, but look for Balfour to pick up with another team fairly quickly. Analysis: Howard Bender