ST. PETERSBURG — A couple of Rays on the disabled list were said to be progressing on Thursday.
Backup catcher Shawn Riggans, already eligible to be activated from his 15-day DL stint, said he’s progressing from right shoulder tendinitis, saying “It’s not 100 percent, but it’s getting there.” The 28-year-old Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native said he’ll get in some rehab games in the next few days and, if everything works out well, he’d like to make it back with the club by the finale of the Red Sox series in Boston on May 10.
Riggans is 1-for-4 in his only game this season.
Meanwhile, Chad Bradford (recovering from right elbow surgery) threw a bullpen session, and manager Joe Maddon said live batting practice is next.
“He threw the ball very well,” Maddon said. “Right now, he’s on pace to throw a live BP on Sunday, and then maybe another one on Tuesday if everything goes well. And then we’ll move him into a game.”
— Alden Gonzalez