MIAMI — Busy day for the Rays as they get ready for the first of a three-game series against the Marlins.
First the saddening news: Right-hander Troy Percival, who was never able to get right this season after an injury-plagued 2008, was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of right shoulder tendinitis on Friday — but it could be much longer.
Vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Percival was really frustrated with the shoulder and has flown back to his Riverside, Calif., home. Percival, 40 on Aug. 9, will sit down with his family, see where he’s at physically and mentally, then decide whether or not to retire.
Manager Joe Maddon said he spoke to Percival after Thursday’s game and said he wouldn’t be surprised if the right-hander indeed took that route.
Also, left-hander Scott Kazmir was placed on the DL with a right quad strain. Kazmir’s injury is looked at to be a lot more short-term, though there is still no gauge as to when he would come back, and Friedman said it would probably be past the 15 days. The 25-year-old said his DL stint last year — when he missed 30 games because of a strained throwing elbow — caused him to tweak his delivery, and that in turn caused the quad problem.
He will continue to throw off flat ground and doesn’t believe it will keep him out too long.
Now the good news: With a hole in the starting rotation for Monday’s game, David Price is expected to make the start, though that hasn’t been officially announced. The 23-year-old lefty is 1-4 with a 3.93 ERA in his eight starts for the Durham Bulls.
– Alden Gonzalez