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Glover back, Birkins down

Posted May 11, 2008 by Marc Lancaster

Updated May 11, 2008 at 05:17 PM

Following the game, the Rays activated Gary Glover off the 15-day DL and optioned Kurt Birkins back to Durham.

Birkins technically has been sent back once already this season, though that ended up being just a paper transaction. Once he got healthy after a spring bout with elbow neuritis, the Rays filed the paperwork to option him to Triple-A, then called him late on the night before he was supposed to drive to Durham and told him to fly to Minneapolis instead. He replaced Al Reyes when the veteran went on the DL and pitched well, allowing one run and five hits in 10 innings for a 0.90 ERA.

Another move may be coming tomorrow if Ben Zobrist is deemed ready. If he is, Andy Cannizaro would be the obvious choice to head back to Durham.

Reader Comments

Por (Casey Brown) on May 12, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I don’t want to be negative after such an exciting weekend, but Bartlett is driving me crazy. As he finally starts to get a few hits, but still strikes out on balls in the dirt, he has boneheaded base runnning blunders
two games in row, then he tries to catch a fly ball in leftfield that Crawford called for and is his play.
Also, I thought Birkins pitched well in limited appearances, I don’t trust Glover. I can’t believe they are not going to give Cannizaro an opportunity
and will activate Zobrist.

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