Top Prospects: Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Rays

BALTIMORE -- Jake Odorizzi joined the Rays on Sunday as the guy the Rays have tabbed to try and fill injured David Price's shoes.

However, the Rays did manage to take advantage of the situation. The plan is to wait until the end of Sunday's game to activate Odorizzi, which allowed them to option Saturday's hero, Alex Torres, back to Triple-A Durham and recall left-hander Jeff Beliveau. And, unless some unusual circumstances occur during Sunday's game, Beliveau will head back to Durham after the game.

"I found out [about joining the Rays] on Friday before the game," Odorizzi said. "Traveled up here yesterday, got here about 3:00. My wife got in about 4, we had delays all around, but it was good travel. Just hanging out. Got here and put my stuff up, didn't hang around because I'm not official yet. I just wanted to get set up, see guys, say my hellos."

Filling Price's shoes means taking the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner's place in the Rays' rotation, beginning Monday afternoon against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Price went on the disabled list on May 16 with a left triceps strain.

"It's really unfortunate [about Price]. You can't replace David," Odorizzi said. "… His credentials are a mile long, so I just want to do the best I can. ... Obviously not compare myself to David in any respect. I just want to go and pitch my game, do what I do best and hopefully everything works out."

Odorizzi, 23, came to the Rays in the Dec. 9 trade that sent James Shields, Wade Davis and Elliot Johnson to the Royals. In addition to Odorizzi, the Rays also got Minor Leaguers Wil Myers, Mike Montgomery, and Patrick Leonard in the deal.

He was 4-0 with a 3.83 ERA in eight starts for Triple-A Durham.

Odorizzi made his Major League debut in September for the Royals in two starts against the Indians. He went 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in those outings.

"It's the same as I when I was up last year," said Odorizzi when asked if anything will be different this time around. "I still have to go out there and throw, regardless of whether the roster's at 40 or 25. I just want to go out there and do well and make the best out of my time out here."

One of the joys of being called to the Show for Odorizzi came when he got to call his wife, Carissa, to tell her his good news.

"She was happy," Odorizzi said.

Carissa met her husband in Baltimore and will accompany him to Toronto.

"She's never been here, never been in Toronto," Odorizzi said. "She'll be there for my start, so that's always exciting."

Rays manager Joe Maddon was asked about his expectations for Odorizzi in his Rays debut.

"Hopefully he gets at least five or six innings in there," Maddon said. "He's not intimidated by all this stuff. He's got a nice way about him. He has a confidence about him. He's not over-amped about the whole thing. So for all those different reasons, I think he's going to be just fine."

Beliveau called up for a day; Torres sent to Minors

BALTIMORE -- To help cover their bullpen for Sunday's game against the Orioles, the Rays recalled left-hander Jeff Beliveau from Triple-A Durham to serve a one-day stint in the Major Leagues, and they optioned left-hander Alex Torres back to Durham.

Once Sunday's game is over, the plan is for Beliveau to be optioned back to the Minors.

Beliveau got the news Saturday night following a rainout in Durham. After scooting out of the clubhouse, he got a call from Durham manager Charlie Montoyo.

"He said, 'Hey, you've got to get back in here,'" Beliveau said. "I'm like, 'This could be really good or it could be really bad.' Ended up being good. I'm just excited to be here. Excited to throw."

Beliveau, 26, caught an early flight to Baltimore on Sunday morning. The Rays acquired him from the Rangers for cash considerations on April 16. He appeared in 22 games for the Cubs in 2012, when he went 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA. At Durham, he was 0-1 with one save and a 4.35 ERA in 10 games.

"This game's crazy," Beliveau said. "You never know what's going to happen. Just stay ready to play and go out there and throw strikes. You just can't plan on anything. I've had people tell me don't get too comfortable. Just always play hard. You're playing for 29 other teams too. ... This is my third organization. Hopefully this one sticks a little longer. I'm just really excited to be here."

Joyce stays true to approach, beats O's shift

TB@BAL: Joyce clubs a two-run homer in the third

BALTIMORE -- Matt Joyce blistered a ball in his first at-bat of Saturday afternoon's game, only to see a ball that normally would be a base hit turn into a 4-3 groundout due to the Orioles' shifted infield.

Discouraged, Joyce returned to the Rays' dugout considering his options.

"The shift is tough," Joyce said. "After the first at-bat, I came in and told Joe [Maddon] I'm probably going to try and hit the ball to left field. And he said, 'No, just be you. Stay who you are. Keep doing what you're doing and you'll find the holes.'"

Joyce finished the afternoon with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs in five at-bats. One of his doubles came against Orioles closer Jim Johnson in the ninth, driving in the tying and go-ahead runs in the Rays 10-6 comeback win.

Maddon recounted the moment with Joyce.

"That's what I talk about all the time. I just want him to be himself," Maddon said. "That's what we try to do to other teams. Don't let them do that to us.

"I always talk to our guys about dictating to the other side. I don't want them to dictate to us. So just be yourself. Go up there and swing the bat like you can and it's all going to come back to you."