by Steve Carney
With Jeremy Hellickson sidelined until the end of May, it has been up to the Rays coaching staff and front office to determine just who will get the ten or so starts in the rotation before he'll be ready to get back in the regular season swing of things.
Cesar Ramos hopes he can be that guy.
The left-hander, who has been used exclusively out of the bullpen since being acquired has part of the Jason Bartlett trade, has been working to get stretched out this spring, and will start today against the New York Yankees.
"It's huge," Ramos said Wednesday morning. "I feel like every player's made on the opportunity they're given, and what they do with the opportunity. And if this is an opportunity for me to get my foot in the door again as a starter, and hopefully if I do well, great."
Ramos indicated that he used the news about Hellickson to broach the subject of possibly returning to the starting rotation.
"I brought it up, and [the front office] had already talked about it," he explained. "So I feel it was this mutual thing. They just weren't sure if I was OK with it, because in San Diego I did so much back-and-forth."
Listen to Cesar talk about the chance to start below.