Erasmo Ramirez P TB 2 weeks ago

Ramirez will be passed over for Saturday's start in favor of prospect Blake Snell, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While Ramirez got the nod the first time the Rays needed a fifth starter, he was needed out of the bullpen Thursday and presumably would have been limited to only couple frames if called upon to start Saturday. The Rays will turn to Snell instead, and it's possible Snell could stick in the No. 5 spot if he holds his own. Manager Kevin Cash has said how much he values Ramirez's versatility in the swingman role.

Erasmo Ramirez P TB 2 weeks ago

Ramirez picked up his league-leading fourth win (tied with Chris Sale) in Thursday's fireworks show that ended with a 12-8 win over the Red Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

As attractive as his record may look, the bottom line is Ramirez has been fortunate to find himself in a position to earn four wins while throwing less than 13 innings. Despite being labeled the starter at the end of the Rays' rotation, the 25-year-old only has one start through the team's first 15 games. The truth is that the right-hander will make an above-average amount of spot starts while filling the long-relief role.

Erasmo Ramirez P TB 2 weeks ago

Ramirez, who is scheduled to start Saturday against the Yankees, is still available to pitch in relief Wednesday, Marc Topkin of Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While it's unlikely that Ramirez will pitch in Wednesday's matchup against the Red Sox because of his scheduled start on Saturday, the Rays are leaving the option on the table. If the 25-year-old does in fact pitch Wednesday night, he'll likely be pushed back or make a shorter start on Saturday against the Yankees.

Erasmo Ramirez P TB 3 weeks ago

Ramirez (2-0) pitched 5.2 shutout innings with three hits, no walks and four strikeouts in a victory over the White Sox on Saturday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tampa Bay used the 25-year-old as a long reliever during the first week of the season, as the team held back its fifth starter until Saturday. Although Ramirez is apparently going to be that fifth starter, Rays pitching prospect Blake Snell will probably get a look at some point once he is deemed ready, which would move Ramirez back to the bullpen.

Erasmo Ramirez P TB 3 weeks ago

Ramirez will start Saturday against the White Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

As expected, Ramirez will step in with the Rays needing a fifth starter for the first time this season. Ramirez has thrown six innings out of the bullpen, maxing out at 33 pitches during his appearance Wednesday. It seems likely Ramirez will continue on as the fifth starter for the time being, but the Rays could eventually decide to give prospect Blake Snell a look and move Ramirez back to the bullpen.

Erasmo Ramirez P TB 3 weeks ago

Ramirez, who worked two innings in relief during Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Indians, remains likely to draw a Saturday spot start, Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 25-year-old threw a total of 33 pitches over his two frames Wednesday and surrendered two hits, including an eighth-inning homer to Jason Kipnis. He also fanned four, giving him six strikeouts in six innings of work to date in 2016. Considering the relatively modest pitch count Wednesday, Ramirez remains the likeliest candidate to get the starting call Saturday versus the White Sox.

Erasmo Ramirez P TB 3 weeks ago

Ramirez could start Saturday's game against the White Sox, although the team has not yet made anything official, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He last pitched on Apr. 10 in relief, and has logged a total of four innings while allowing one run and striking out two so far as a reliever. It has obviously been a frustrating start to the season for Ramirez's owners, as the Rays have taken advantage of the ability to use four starters early in the year. That could change Saturday, if Ramirez gets the nod, although it is unclear what his pitch count would be for that game.

Erasmo Ramirez P TB 3 weeks ago

Ramirez may be in line for a spot start on Friday versus the White Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 25-year-old right-hander is already slated for fifth starter duty for the majority of the regular season, but has worked out of the bullpen in the early going with a four-man rotation sufficing to date. Ramirez has surrendered three hits and an earned run over four innings of work in 2016, while striking out two. If the Rays opt to keep the five-year veteran in a relief role, Matt Andriese could receive a call-up from Triple-A Durham for the Friday start.

Erasmo Ramirez P TB 4 weeks ago

Ramirez (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings of one-hit ball in Wednesday's 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays. He struck out two.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 25-year-old, slated for a role at the back end of the rotation, is beginning the season in the bullpen due to the Rays' schedule not requiring a fifth starter for the first several weeks. Ramirez looked sharp in getting 17 of his 23 offerings into the strike zone against a formidable Blue Jays lineup, and could fill a pivotal, multi-inning role as part of Tampa's relief corps for the time being.

Erasmo Ramirez P TB 1 month ago

Ramirez will start his season in the bullpen while the Rays deploy a four-man rotation, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Thanks to some early-season off days, the Rays won't need a fifth starter until April 16, which allows them to keep Ramirez in the bullpen as a spot starter and long reliever. It is possible the team could change its plans due to rainouts or some unexpectedly lengthy outings.