According to Joe Maddon, Carlos Pena is definitely a go for Friday in Bradenton. The Rays first baseman has been held back to give him adequate time to recover from off-season surgery to repair abdominal muscle tears.
“I feel great,” Pena said. “I’m planning on playing Friday.”
Meanwhile, Matt Joyce and B.J. Upton will remain on the sideline.
Joyce continues to have a sore calf muscle.
“He’s got this soreness, stiffness down in his lower calf area,” Maddon said. “…There’s day’s it feels better. And times it doesn’t. He said he’s feeling better, but it’s not to the point where we feel like him participating. “
Upton is recovering from off-season surgery to his left shoulder and isn’t expected to play until later in the spring.
Upton is “making progress,” Maddon said. “Still no definitive anything. At the end of it I just know he’s smiling and he’s feeling good. He’s confident. He’s chomping at the bit too, all of our guys are who have not been able to play.”