The Rays say they remain confident rookie RHP Jake Odorizzi has a great future. But after Odorizzi struggled through his second start in place of injured LHP David Price, the Rays may have to decide what's in his immediate future. Given a 6-0 lead in the second inning Monday, Odorizzi failed to put the game away against a Marlins lineup dotted with rookies and 4-A type players and got pulled three batters into the fifth. His next start would be Saturday in Cleveland against an Indians offense that has been the majors' most prolific over the past six weeks. With Price likely out until mid to late June, the Rays could replace Odorizzi with another of their prospects at Triple A, though RHP Chris Archer, who pitched Sunday, and LHP Alex Torres, who worked Monday, are coming off rough outings. Odorizzi, 23, knew that what happened Monday, as he allowed three runs in the fourth then loaded the bases in the fifth, wasn't good enough. "It's very frustrating not being able to get through the fifth inning and when your team gives you six runs,'' he said. "It's just frustrating to know that I wasn't anywhere near my best stuff and just a bad day for it." Manager Joe Maddon said Odorizzi should have been able to get deeper into the game and "got lost in the moment.'' Which means? "He's normally a strike-thrower, so maybe trying to do much or not understanding what was going on right there — keep pounding the zone, keep doing what you had been doing. Maybe it sped up on him a little bit.'' Odorizzi said he has some ideas of how to get quicker outs, "stuff that I'm going to personally tell (pitching coach Jim) Hickey that I want to work on.'' PRICE CHECK: Price (left triceps strain) was encouraged and relieved Monday after his first throwing session since going on the disabled list May 16. "It felt real good," Price said. "It felt normal. It was a very positive day." Price made about 35 throws while playing catch with head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield. "Ronnie was pretty impressed," Maddon said. "Ronnie thought he threw really well, actually better than he thought he'd be able to throw."
Rays rookie Odorizzi struggles again
Tampa Bay Times | May 28