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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Garza to DL; Ryu recalled
Posted Apr 9, 2008 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Apr 8, 2008 at 11:52 PM
Following the game, the Rays put Matt Garza on the 15-day disabled list with radial nerve irritation and recalled Jae Kuk Ryu from Durham.
Ryu will be in the bullpen the next few days but won’t make the next scheduled start. The Rays didn’t say it, but I can’t imagine Sunday’s start against the Orioles going to anyone but Jeff Niemann. He’s on the 40-man roster, he impressed the team in spring training and he’s on the same schedule as Garza.
“We’re just going to go this route for the short-term,” Joe Maddon said of the Ryu move.
As for Garza, he was upset, frustrated, you name it. This is something he has dealt with in the past, including this spring, but has always been able to suck it up. Not this time.
“I’ve usually been able to get through it, just kind of pitch through it and wear the pain and get it right after the game and get my work in,” said Garza. “This time it was just real bad – I knew something was up.”
Garza decided he was doing nothing but hurting the team by staying on the mound and trying to muscle up his pitches with pain on the outside of his arm and his hand feeling numb. Still, he seemed to be having a hard time accepting going on the DL.
“I’ve never missed a start in my life,” he said. “I’ve always been able to game up and go at it, no matter how tired I was or how bad I felt.”