Rays’ Ryan Sherriff to take time away from game

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Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
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MIAMI — Reliever Ryan Sherriff was placed on the restricted list Saturday after telling the Rays he needed to take some time away from the game.

The Rays said Sherriff, 30, has their support but would not provide any additional information out of respect for his privacy.

“I spoke with him this morning,” manager Kevin Cash said before Saturday night’s game. “Obviously not going to get into detail. We fully support Ryan, his thoughts. I think it’s best just to leave it at that.”

Cash said he didn’t “have any sense of a timeframe right now” as to when Sheriff might return.

Sherriff made his first appearance of the season in Friday’s win over the Marlins, allowing consecutive hits in the seventh inning as they squandered a 2-0 lead before rallying for a 6-4 win.

Sherriff, who overcame family issues as a child and injuries as a pro, is a bit of a deep thinker. He explained last week how he used meditation to “rewire” his brain to be happy.

“I was in the minor leagues for a very long time, unhappy, anxiety-ridden to perform all the time,” he said. “Then it’s just like, I got to a point where I just didn’t want to live my life like that anymore. So I rewired my brain to be happy. I meditate every day. And I love this for me. It’s great. It’s like manifestation on steroids for me.”

Sherriff also said making the opening-day roster was not a focus: “I’m happy either way, whether I’m in the big leagues or if I’m not in the big league. I don’t define myself as just being a baseball player.”

The Rays filled Sherriff’s spot on the 40- and 26-man rosters by adding Joseph Odom as a third catcher. Since it is within the first 10 days of the season, an optioned player could not be called up for a restricted-list move. So the two choices of players not on the 40-man roster who were on the five-man taxi squad in Miami were Odom and pitcher David Hess.

Also, the Rays have a scheduled Sunday off-day for just the second time in 24 seasons.

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