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Tampa Bay Rays Roster Report 2009-04-24


Tampa Bay Rays Roster Report 2009-04-24
The depth the Rays talked so much about is about to be tested as they headed out to the West Coast hurting a bit, as backup C Shawn Riggans was on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, CF B.J. Upton was "day to day" after leaving Sunday's game with tightness in his right quad, and 3B Evan Longoria, who missed two games following a death in his family, had to be switched from third base to DH on Sunday after "tweaking his foot" making a play the night before.

PLAYER NEWS:

--OF Ben Zobrist started his third consecutive game in right field Thursday and his sixth in the team's 16, but manager Joe Maddon said he is not making Zobrist the regular starter. "We're not ready to go there," Maddon said. "Gabe (Gross) is going to get back out there, of course Gabe Kapler is going to be out there."

--RHP James Shields was somewhat philosophical after losing Thursday's game when a second-pitch-of-the-game homer by Ichiro Suzuki stood up as the only run. "Yes, it was frustrating," Shields said. "We got a loss today, and that's all I care about, whether I pitch well or not. My job is to go out there and win ballgames, and I just got outpitched."

--DH Pat Burrell had three walks Thursday, one shy of his career high.

--LHP Scott Kazmir starts Friday in Oakland hoping to forget everything about his last start, when he began Saturday's game against the White Sox with 10 straight balls, walked six and didn't get out of the fifth inning. He has pitched extremely well against the A's, going 6-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 11 starts. And he's been pretty good in Oakland, going 3-2, 3.40 in seven games.

MEDICAL WATCH:

C Shawn Riggans (right shoulder tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 10. He is expected to miss two to three weeks.

RHP Chad Bradford (right elbow surgery in February 2009) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He is making a good recovery and hopes to be back in late May or June.

RHP Jason Isringhausen (right elbow surgery in September 2008) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 31. He began a rehab assignment with Class AA Montgomery on April 20. He was scheduled to make two more appearances there before moving to Class AAA Durham.

OF Fernando Perez (dislocated left wrist) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He is projected to miss four or five months because further exams showed ligament damage as part of the injury he suffered March 10. The Rays hope he will return in time to play regular-season games.

ROTATION:

RHP James Shields

LHP Scott Kazmir

RHP Matt Garza

RHP Andy Sonnanstine

RHP Jeff Niemann

BULLPEN:

RHP Troy Percival (closer)

RHP Dan Wheeler

RHP Grant Balfour

LHP J.P. Howell

LHP Brian Shouse

RHP Joe Nelson

RHP Lance Cormier

CATCHERS:

Dioner Navarro

Michel Hernandez

INFIELDERS:

1B Carlos Pena

2B Akinori Iwamura

SS Jason Bartlett

3B Evan Longoria

INF Ben Zobrist

INF Willy Aybar

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Carl Crawford

CF B.J. Upton

RF Gabe Gross

DH Pat Burrell

OF Gabe Kapler


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 24, 2009

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