Rays make first spring cuts

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have optioned left-handed pitcher Jake McGee to the minor leagues and reassigned shortstop Tim Beckham and catcher Nevin Ashley to minor league spring training camp.

The team announced the moves after Thursday’s 4-1 split-squad victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Rays did not say which affiliate McGee will be assigned to.