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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D. Johnson, Hernandez join Rays
Posted Sep 9, 2008 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Sep 9, 2008 at 03:38 PM
BOSTON—The Rays shored up their depth by adding a couple of veterans from Durham today.
They purchased the contracts of IF/OF Dan Johnson and C Michel Hernandez and cleared a spot on the 40-man roster by designating IF Joel Guzman for assignment. The Rays needed some extra bodies with both B.J. Upton (strained left quad) and Shawn Riggans (bursitis in right knee) expected to miss the next few days.
Johnson, 29, was an offensive force for Durham after being claimed off waivers from the A’s in April. He hit .307 with 25 homers and 83 RBIs for the Bulls after spending most of the last three seasons in the majors with Oakland. The Rays, incidentally, are listing him as an outfielder even though he has never played anything but first base in the majors. He has spent a bit of time at third and in the outfield in the minors.
Hernandez, 30, was acquired from the Pirates last week to add depth after Mike DiFelice was released. Hernandez, who hit .266 in 76 games for Indianapolis this season, also spent time with Durham last year.
In other news, it’s been raining in Boston since around noon and the forecast has it continuing through this evening. The radar, though, looks like it might clear through within a couple of hours, so we’ll see.
Updating on the weather front—the Red Sox have issued a press release that makes it sound like it shouldn’t be a problem to play tonight. Courtesy of the Boston Herald:
The current weather forecast (provided by the Red Sox private weather service, Meteorlogix) in the vicinity of Fenway Park calls for the possibility of scattered showers to move through the area during the late afternoon and evening hours.
The Fenway Park gates will open at the regularly scheduled time of 5:05 p.m., and the Red Sox are hopeful that tonight’s game with the Tampa Bay Rays, which is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m., will be played. However, the Red Sox want to alert our fans to the current forecast and to the possibility of delay.
This forecast is of course subject to change as the day progresses. Additional updates will be provided as necessary.