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Tampa Bay Rays Roster Report 2009-05-05


Tampa Bay Rays Roster Report 2009-05-05
Despite an inconsistent start, Rays officials do not plan to make any changes to the roster based on spotty performance. "I feel as confident about this group as I did when we broke camp," executive VP Andrew Friedman said. "We had a tough stretch of games that happen throughout the course of a 162-game season and obviously get magnified a little bit more when it happens at the beginning of a season, but we're extremely confident we're going to playing competitive games in September and it's going to be very much in line with what all of our expectations were coming into the season."

PLAYER NEWS:

--DH Pat Burrell was out of the lineup again Monday, sore after being hit in the ribs with a pitch in Sunday's game. Burrell, struggling to find his power stroke at the plate, also missed a game last week with what the Rays said was a stiff neck.

--C Shawn Riggans (right shoulder tendinitis) starts a rehab assignment on Tuesday with Class AA Montgomery, with plans to play for the Biscuits through Saturday. Riggans is on schedule to rejoin the Rays on Sunday and be behind the plate for starter RHP Matt Garza, with whom he works well.

--RHP Matt Garza starts on Tuesday with a tough act to follow, having taken a perfect game into the seventh in his last start. Manager Joe Maddon said the Rays want him to have a consistent approach to all his starts. "I think it comes down to self-control," Maddon said. "You saw it the other night, in a real big game, in a real big moment, how under control he was. I just would like him to be really structured within his routine regardless of who we're playing, when we're playing, where we're playing."

MEDICAL WATCH:

DH Pat Burrell (ribs) didn't play May 4 after being hit by a pitch the day before. He was day-to-day.

C Shawn Riggans (right shoulder tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 10. He was scheduled to start a rehab assignment May 5.

RHP Chad Bradford (right elbow surgery in February 2009) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He is scheduled to start a rehab assignment in early May, aiming for a late-May return to the Rays.

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 scratched from his first scheduled appearance for Class AAA Durham on April 30 due to a mild abdominal strain.

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: May 5, 2009

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