On the morning he was optioned to Triple-A Durham, pitcher Brandon Gomes took a minute to consider the Bulls' roster heading into this season.

Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, Juan Sandoval, Josh Lueke and himself on the staff. Chris Gimenez, Shelley Duncan, Leslie Anderson, Mike Fontenot, Cole Figueroa, Jason Bourgeois and Rich Thompson among those available for the everyday lineup.

“We're going to be loaded,” Gomes said. “That lineup is stacked.”

Good for Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo.

And good for the Tampa Bay Rays, too.

“We sent some major-league players back to Triple-A this time,” manager Joe Maddon said on Thursday before the Rays' game against the Orioles. “That's not so good for them and good for us.”

That may not have been the case last spring, because when injuries hit hard last season, the Rays didn't always dip into the Bulls' roster.