Rays pitcher Alex Colome is reportedly 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.
- Scooby Axson