Brent Honeywell had to deal with a lot on Tuesday to make his second Big League appearance, which didn’t go quite as well as his meteoric debut on April 11.
A pre-dawn departure from Port Charlotte and the logistics of the trip to Kansas City, Mo. Temperatures in the 1930s. And, most importantly, being used out of the pen.
“I didn’t really know how to approach it, honestly,” Honeywell said. “I just prepared as much as possible. You still have to put the ball in your hand and throw the ball. For me, there is no real difference. I was ready to go. I just didn’t perform. It was definitely not a good day for me. ”
As for the results, no, because he only struck out four of eight batters, allowing two hits (including a home run by Carlos Santana) and two goals.
But after missing the previous three seasons with multiple elbow injuries, just throwing in the majors is a good thing.
The next step for Honeywell and the Rays is to figure out how best to use it, knowing that the right-hander is limited to 2-3 innings at the moment and is working on a five-day schedule. To help the bullpen, he will need to throw more frequently, which manager Kevin Cash has said he believes he can handle, although, of course, they are cautious.
“We think depending on whether we limit it to shorter workloads, then the theory is that it bounces faster,” Cash said ahead of Wednesday’s game. “But we’re still going to learn a lot about his rebound as he goes along. It’s very fair to assume he won’t launch (Wednesday). Most guys who come in and pitch 1⅓ innings with multiple days (previously) bounce back, but that’s not the position we’re in with Brent, for good reason.
“We want to make sure we prioritize his bounce back and his health. So we’ll give him a few days and then we’ll go from there to see how he feels. ”
One scenario, which could allow Honeywell to stick to its more familiar starting routine, would be to use it a bit regularly as an opener, perhaps as early as Saturday, ahead of Ryan Yarbrough.
Honeywell, understandably, is just happy to be with the squad and ready to do whatever is asked of her, planning to spend Wednesday talking with reliever box coach Stan Boroski and the veteran relievers to get some relief. tips on how to relax and be ready.
“I’m okay with that,” he said. “Anything I can do to help win. It is a need right now. So I have no problem with that. I throw. I am healthy. I feel good. I am still recovering very well. Getting my feet from the pen a little wet was a plus. ”
Is there a K in Arozarena?
Outfielder Randy Arozarena had three hits on Tuesday, but also three strikeouts, giving him eight Ks in his last three games and a total of 24 in 73 appearances at plate (33%) until Tuesday. He was not in the lineup on Wednesday, having also been out on Sunday.
Cash said he wanted to use as many left-handed hitters as possible on Wednesday against Royals right-hander Jakob Junis, and noted that they would have to face left-handed starters in five of their next six games so there is plenty of time. game to come. (Arozarena scored a brace in the eighth.)
However, Cash said, “There are some swings out there that we haven’t seen so many in the past. But have confidence that he’ll be able to keep making his adjustments and getting his timing right where he covers both the off-speed (throws) and the fastball. ”
• Lefty Cody Reed returned to Florida to receive a Botox injection in his numb / weak left hand, but an issue with the drug delivery delayed firing until Thursday.
• Tyler Glasnow, who is set to start against Toronto on Friday to open a season-high 10-game homestand, said he no longer had a problem with the severe left hand and right leg cramps that left him behind. ‘dramatically affected Saturday.
• Thursday’s day off, after an early morning arrival from Kansas City, will be appreciated as the Rays have just played 13 days in a row, and starting Friday, playing 17 in a row, including a trip to the Western coast.
• The five steps the Rays won in the second inning on Tuesday were the most in a frame for six in a 2012 game.
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