Injury Update

The injury bug hasn’t bitten the Rays thus far, save for outfielder Matt Joyce’s sore right calf that will likely sideline him for a day or two.

“It’s just a little tweak,” Joyce said. “Just a little bump in the road.”

Joyce believes he simply over did some of his pre-Spring Training workouts and his right calf muscle paid the price. But he doesn’t believe it’s anything serious.

Meanwhile, Joe Maddon talked to B.J. Upton Sunday and the Rays’ manager said, “B.J. felt good.”

Upton had left shoulder surgery in November.  The Rays have not ruled out Upton opening the season in center field, but he is not ready for full workouts just yet.

Carlos Pena, who had surgery to repair tears to his lower abdominal muscles on both sides, feels great and said he’s actually having to remind himself to not go full out during workouts.

Reliever Chad Bradford, who had right elbow surgery, is still expected to be out until May.
–Bill Chastain


The stomach bug seems to be going around some of the camps. How are the Rays doing?


These updates are very helpful, especially for those of us not able to attend the workouts and anxious for the season to begin. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date.

Here’s hoping the stomach bug misses them!

Looking forward to hearing about the first Bullpens tomorrow for Troy Percival and Jason Isringhausen. I hope the two can show some positive stuff to make us feel confident in either closing games in 2009.

Matt Joyce needs to stay healthy to cause some turmoil in that expected right field platoon. If he has a great camp, he might put some pressure on the Rays maybe finding a suitor for Gabe Gross. But in all likelihood he will be a Durham Bull for a few months.

Rays Renegade

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