Report: Rays P Alex Colome out indefinitely due to pneumonia
Colome just arrived in spring training camp this week after not being able to participate because of visa issues. He threw a live batting practice session on Wednesday before sitting out on Thursday because of a stomach illness.
He explained his issues with trying to report to camp because of the visa problem.
"It's hard," Colome said to MLB.com. "This is my year. I don't have options. I have to do a great job. The consolate, I don't know what happened, I've never had problems there before. The only thing I know is I'm ready to go."
Colome was expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.
The 26-year-old from the Dominican Republic went 2-0 in three starts last season, giving up 33 hits in 39.2 innings and striking out 25.
Colume went 7-6 with a 3.77 ERA for Triple-A Durham after he returned from a 50-game suspension for violation of Major League Baseball’s drug policy.
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