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Tampa Bay Rays Roster Report 2009-04-27


Tampa Bay Rays Roster Report 2009-04-27
Manager Joe Maddon plans to be patient even though the team has struggled through the first three weeks of the season. If and when they decide to make changes, they will have some interesting options. In addition to starting pitching prospects David Price and Wade Davis, they also have Mitch Talbot and Carlos Hernandez at Triple-A. And if they to add some offense, or if they decide CF B.J. Upton needs more time, they could call up OF Matt Joyce, who has been getting hot at Triple-A Durham.

PLAYER NEWS:

--1B Carlos Pena woke up Sunday leading the majors with eight homers, only the second Ray to lead the majors this deep into a season. DH Jose Canseco was on top as late as June 26, 1999. Pena and 2B Akinori Iwamura got Sunday off against Oakland lefty Dana Eveland.

--RHP Jeff Niemann starts on Monday in Minnesota, coming off a strong outing in Seattle when he picked up his first win of the season. Niemann is 1-2, 5.40 overall, but since allowing five runs in the first inning of his season debut at Baltimore, he has pitched to a 2.87 ERA.

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 pitch for Class AAA Durham before being reassessed.

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 Willy Aybar

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Carl Crawford

CF B.J. Upton

RF Gabe Gross

DH Pat Burrell

OF Gabe Kapler

OF/INF Ben Zobrist


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 27, 2009

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