UPDATES & NEWS
Update: Carlos Gomez indeed is out again Thursday with lower back issues. He's listed as day-to-day.
Well we didn't think it was a recurrence of the stomach virus and while some of us would have actually preferred a longer suspension for him after the Pirates melee, we'll accept a lower back flare-up as additional evidence that karma is, in fact, a real thing. Maybe the bat-flipping clown should take it down a notch, you think?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