KANSAS CITY -- Ben Zobrist is not one to get riled up, but he still is not happy about a ruling that took place in Tuesday night's 1-0 win over the Royals.
Rays manager Joe Maddon issued a challenge after Alcides Escobar was ruled safe on a force play at second base with one out in the bottom of the third.
Playing second base, Zobrist received a throw from shortstop Yunel Escobar, and the ball dropped to the field. The umpires ruled that Zobrist did not have control of the ball.
"The interpretation of the rule of what is actually a catch in transition has changed," Zobrist said.
Replays showed that Zobrist caught the ball, but when he went to transfer the ball to his throwing hand, it fell to the ground.
Maddon consulted with the umpires before asking for the replay. The umpires confirmed the original call. Zobrist said that second-base umpire Phil Cuzzi explained the call to him an inning later.
"If you don't catch the ball, pull it out with your bare hand, and throw it in the intended direction you are trying to throw it, it's no longer a catch," Zobrist said. "So if you don't pull it out with your bare hand -- even if you pulled it out with your bare hand and then dropped it -- it's still not a catch. ... It boggles my mind."
The call resulted in Zobrist being charged with an error, which was only the Rays' second error of the season.
Rays still 'waiting on final analysis' for Moore
KANSAS CITY -- Matt Moore's status remained uncertain late Wednesday afternoon.
The Rays left-hander traveled to Pensacola, Fla., to have the renowned Dr. James Andrews inspect his left elbow on Wednesday, but the findings have yet to be determined, according to Rays manager Joe Maddon.
"The fact that they did more tests and we're still waiting on the final analysis for the whole thing," Maddon said, "I hope we will have that by tomorrow."
Maddon said one certainty is that surgery will not be performed Thursday, though surgery has not been ruled out as a future option for repairing whatever is bothering Moore's elbow.
"We need to get all of the facts and see how we want to proceed with this," Maddon said. "See if surgery is necessary, if it's not necessary. We're still waiting to find out.
"... Honestly, let's just wait until tomorrow. ... It needs to be looked at a little more deeply, because it's not a slam-dunk surgery right now."
Moore started for the Rays against the Royals on Monday night, and he seemed to be finding a groove when he entered the fifth inning. With one out, he grimaced after throwing a changeup to Nori Aoki that made the count 2-2. Moore then wiggled his left arm in obvious discomfort before a mound conference that included Maddon and assistant athletic trainer Paul Harker. Shortly thereafter, he left the game.
Moore earned American League All-Star honors last season, his second full season in the Major Leagues, when he went 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA in 27 starts.
Included in Moore's 2013 season was a prolonged stint on the disabled list due to an elbow problem, a problem he encountered after throwing a changeup, which was the same pitch that caused Tuesday night's grimace.
Moore is 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts in this season.
Reliever Beliveau optioned to Minors
KANSAS CITY -- The Rays optioned left-hander Jeff Beliveau back to Triple-A Durham after Wednesday afternoon's 7-3 loss to the Royals.
A corresponding roster move will be made Friday before the Rays open a three-game series against the Reds in Cincinnati.
Beliveau, who was recalled Tuesday to take injured Matt Moore's roster spot, pitched a scoreless seventh inning Wednesday, allowing no baserunners while striking out one.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said that the Rays will be adding a position player. Given the fact the Rays are extremely right-handed offensively, Maddon speculated that the player brought up would likely hit left-handed.
"We're very right-handed right now, so this is something we knew coming out of Spring Training," Maddon said. "Probably if we do go position player, I'd like it to be left-handed."
Myers' first hit vs. Royals may provide spark
KANSAS CITY -- Wil Myers' dribbler single in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's game allowed him to reach base and eventually score the winning run. The single became the first career hit against his former team in 12 at-bats.
"Been waiting for my first hit here, and I finally got it," Myers said. "I've been struggling at the plate. But maybe that's something that will get me going."
Myers has seemed a little uncomfortable while receiving the attention he has during the series in Kansas City. Rays manager Joe Maddon noted that Myers' single might be the spark to get him going.
"It's something that can permit him to exhale, which he needs to do," Maddon said. "He's just trying so hard right now. He's still growing into this whole thing. I know he's coming off a wonderful season. But we have to really nurture him through this second year also.
"And he's going to be fine. He is. He's probably pressing a little bit, [and] he may admit that to you because he's pretty honest. He's going to be fine; we just have to stay with him, keep talking to him and work through it."
Rays accomplish rare feat in shutout victory
KANSAS CITY -- Tuesday night's win was the third time in club history the Rays have won a 1-0 game in which they didn't score until the ninth inning or later. The other times were Sept. 13, 2010, against the Yankees at Tropicana Field, a game won by a Reid Brignac homer in the 11th, and Aug. 14, 2005, against the Indians in Cleveland, when Travis Lee hit a pinch-hit homer in the ninth.
The win was only the second time in team history when they allowed as many as nine hits in a shutout victory. On June 5, 2006, the Devil Rays allowed 11 hits to the Angels in a 4-0 win.
Right-handed 25-year-old Chris Archer blanked the Royals for seven innings, while 22-year-old Yordano Ventura kept the Rays scoreless over six frames, making for the first American League game in nearly five years in which both starters age 25 or younger did not allow a run.
On April 28, 2009, Phil Hughes of the Yankees at age 22 locked up with Edwin Jackson (25) of the Tigers turned the trick before the Detroit's bullpen allowed 11 runs in an 11-0 final. In the interim, there were 13 National League or Interleague games of that kind.
Ramos, Bedard both in contention to start
KANSAS CITY -- Rays manager Joe Maddon said he was not yet ready to announce who will be the team's starting pitcher on Sunday, which would have been Matt Moore's spot. Moore went on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, which created the vacancy that will be filled by one of two left-handers: Cesar Ramos or Erik Bedard.
"Part of [the decision] is overall the way Spring Training played out and the conversations we had with both guys," Maddon said. "We really try to adhere to what we tell our players. And I think it's really important, the integrity of our conversations, so we have to try to recreate everything that had been said, in all fairness to all the players.
"Just still considering it, but by the time we get to Cincinnati, we'll know. ... It's primarily a philosophical discussion."
Ramos and Bedard both were in contention for the fifth-starter spot that Jake Odorizzi claimed. Ramos went to the bullpen and Bedard is now at Triple-A Durham.
Maddon allowed that neither is properly stretched to pitch deep into the game.
"There would have to be limitations on either one," Maddon said.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.