Rays manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that Roberto Hernandez is in the mix for a spot in the starting rotation.
"I love the quality of the seven or eight, whatever it's going to be," said Maddon. "I love the quality of the decision-making there. It's going to be very difficult." The pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract in December. The Rays have a wealth of options for their rotation, with fellow right-handers Jeff Niemann, Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi also vying for a spot, so Hernandez will likely stick as a long reliever. The 32-year-old right-hander threw only 14 1/3 innings for the Indians in 2012 before going down with an ankle injury.