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Tampa Bay Rays Roster Report 2009-05-09


Tampa Bay Rays Roster Report 2009-05-09
--1B Carlos Pena and 3B Evan Longoria were the first teammates to reach 30 RBIs in the first 30 games of a season since Alex Rodriguez and Edgar Martinez for the Mariners in 2000, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, and are the fifth such teammates since 1954.

--LHP Scott Kazmir starts against Boston on Saturday confident he has solved his ongoing mechanical problems after extensive film study of previous seasons showed a quicker tempo that he had been using. "I feel like I'm really getting on to something," Kazmir said.

--LF Carl Crawford ran his consecutive stolen base streak to 21 for the season and 23 overall. He has at least one steal in 10 of his past 11 games, and a total of 15 during that span.

MEDICAL WATCH:

CF B.J. Upton (illness) didn't play May 7 but returned for the May 8 game.

C Shawn Riggans (right shoulder tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 10. He began a rehab assignment with Class AA Montgomery on 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 9, 2009

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