Results tagged ‘ Burrell ’

Camp Update

Troy Percival will make his second appearance of the spring Sunday against the Pirates in Port Charlotte and Jason Isringhausen will make his first appearance.

Opening Day starter James Shields will stay on schedule by pitching in a Minor League game at home Tuesday, which is an off day for the Rays.

Finally, Rays fans will get a chance to see new addition Matt Joyce Thursday when he’ll be used against the Cardinals as the DH after regular DH Pat Burrell gets two at-bats.

–Bill Chastain

Busy in Port Charlotte

Even though the position players don’t need to be in camp yet, most all of them are, including B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria, Jason Bartlett, and newly additions Pat Burrell and Gabe Kapler.

Upton, who is coming back from left shoulder surgery, has been swinging the bat some during soft toss drills, but will not put a timetable on when he’ll be ready for game action. Right now most speculation says he’ll miss the first week of the season.

Willy Aybar stood at his locker pleased about signing a new deal with the Rays. The team is expected to announce any day now that they have signed Aybar to a two-year deal with a club option pending the results of his physical.

Clubhouse manager Chris Westmoreland seems to have a good sense of humor by putting the locker of Lance Cormier, who attended Alabama, next to that of Gabe Gross, who attended Auburn.  There will be a lot of good-natured jawing by those two about SEC football bragging rights.

–Bill Chastain