06/24/12 5:45 PM ET
Rays tap Ramos to start nightcap vs. Phillies
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
The announcement came minutes after the completion of the Rays' 3-2 win over the Phillies in the first game.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said they'll let Ramos pitch "as long as he can."
"We'll watch it," Maddon said. "He's thrown as many as 57 pitches this season. It's hot, but it shouldn't be as hot. We'll just watch him very closely, and then it just might have to be [the] bullpen after that. But I think if you get off to a decent start, he can set it up for us."
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Ramos is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in nine games this season. Maddon explained why they chose Ramos over Alex Torres, who was activated for Sunday's doubleheader via the extra-man rule.
"We just feel that Cesar, based on what he's been doing more recently, has been doing well," Maddon said. "And he's been throwing more strikes. Whereas with Alex, we thought as the game is in process as opposed to having to start it, he might be more settled in or relaxed if it's necessary to use him. ... We just thought [about] getting Ramos out there as far as he can go, then just fill in the pieces."
The extra-man rule was put into place this season for doubleheaders, allowing teams to expand their active rosters to 26 players. In the Rays' case, the addition of Torres expanded the active roster from 24 to 25 -- since the Rays are playing one man short while reliever Joel Peralta serves his eight-game suspension.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.