The Tampa Bay Rays announced during Spring Training that they will be doing some experiments on their starting rotation, like having a four-man rotation throughout the campaign. So far, the experiments are having mixed results, but now the Tampa Bay coaches are planning something more excentrical this time.
According to Marc Tompkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are planning to start a game with one of their late-innings relievers "which is beginning the game with one of their late-inning relievers, then switching to their otherwise scheduled starter, based primarily on matchups – in the first inning", Tompkin states.
So, with this in mind, the veteran reliever and World Series champion Sergio Romo will "start" on Saturday, and is expected to complete at least two innings, taking a shot for the rookie starting pitcher Ryan Yarbrough, as Romo will face Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Justin Upton.
If things go as planned, Yarbrough will face the bottom third of the line-up and work deeper into the game without worrying too much about facing so many times those three batters.