Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Crawford officially shut down
Posted Sep 25, 2007 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Sep 25, 2007 at 06:21 PM
Greetings from Yankee Stadium South. The legendary Bucky Dent, one of my favorites, signing autographs here tonight.
In Rays news, Carl Crawford finally has been officially shut down. That one had been coming, of course. It also sounds iffy as to whether Brendan Harris will play again this year. Joe Maddon said if Harris isn’t able to play in the next day or two, they don’t intend to play him in Toronto. Harris has seen some improvement in his lat but it isn’t completely pain-free yet.
Also, Rays players are beginning to have their end-of-season meetings with Joe Maddon and the staff. Akinori Iwamura had his today, and the Rays requested that he do some work at second base this winter. Iwamura was open to the idea, telling them he would do whatever was needed to help the team.
Iwamura also got the infamous confiscated bat signed by the Yankees’ manager, who inscribed it: “To Iwamura-san—You use this very well. Good luck. Joe Torre.”