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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

Injury Update

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.”

–Bill Chastain

Platoon in Right

Joe Maddon did not surprise anybody Thursday in Tampa when he said of the right field situation: “It’s pretty much going to be a platoon.”

Gabe Gross, Gabe Kapler, Justin Ruggiano, Matt Joyce and Fernando Perez are all a part of the equation right now.

The Rays manager said the reason it works is because no matter how it shakes out, the Rays will have a nice balance in right “because we play good defense.”

Maddon said all of the candidates understand the situation, but he noted that anybody could grow into a regular role.

–Bill Chastain

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