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Boras on Pena

Carlos Pena is heading into the last year of his contract and his agent, Scott Boras, spoke briefly about the situation of the Rays first baseman.

“He is heading into his last year, that’s right,” Boras said. “Certainly Tampa has not contacted us or anything about Carlos.”

Boras stated that extending Pena’s contract is up to the Rays.

“Carlos is under contract,” Boras said. “Certainly if they wanted to contact me, I’d listen to that.”

–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

Aybar Happy to Go to the Classic

Seeing Willy Abar’s name on the Dominican Republic’s roster for the World Baseball Classic came as a surprise Tuesday night since he wasn’t on the provisional roster released last month.

But all of a sudden the Dominican club found itself without Carlos Pena
and Albert Pujols, who could not play due to medical reasons,
so they needed a first baseman. And Aybar fit the bill.

Aybar seemed happy Wednesday.

“I’m happy,” Aybar said. “I’m proud to represent my country.”

While Aybar said he was surprised to be picked, his selection wasn’t totally out of right field as Aybar said he talked to Dominican GM Stan Javier last month and the possibility was mentioned.

Aybar will report to the Dominican camp in Jupiter, Fla. sometime next week. Other Rays players included on WBC rosters are Akinori Iwamura and J.P. Howell.
–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