RHP Jamey Wright feels he just needs a little more time to get his sinker to do what it's supposed to do. And the Rays, who face a Tuesday deadline to put the veteran reliever on the roster, seem likely to give it to him.

Though Wright allowed his third spring homer in Sunday's 7-6 10-inning loss to the Yankees, manager Joe Maddon said several times he was confident Wright would get his mechanical issues worked out and be of help to them this season.

"Once he gets the ball back on the ground he's gonna be fine," Maddon said. "I just think the ball's been in the air too much."

After allowing a two-run homer to Kevin Youkilis in the eighth, Wright got three ground ball outs in the ninth.

"I think what you saw in the (ninth) inning is what we can expect more of," Maddon said.

Assuming both No. 5 starting candidates, Roberto Hernandez and Jeff Niemann, are on the team, Wright would get the last bullpen spot ahead of Brandon Gomes. Maddon said nothing has been decided, but "I'll say this — I like what he's done, I like who he is and I do believe he could be a big plus for us."

By Tuesday, the Rays either have to put Wright on the 25-man roster (or DL), release him or pay him a $100,000 retention bonus to go to the minors.

Wright, 38, who has a 6.30 ERA and has allowed nine hits and three walks in 10 innings, is also confident he will be effective: "It's just a matter of getting my sinker to do what it's supposed to do."