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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Harris out again today
Posted Sep 19, 2007 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Sep 19, 2007 at 02:31 PM
ANAHEIM—Brendan Harris is out of the lineup again today after straining his left lat muscle during batting practice yesterday. Theoretically, Harris is available off the bench, but considering he’s on muscle relaxers—and believe me, it’s obvious in talking to him that he’s not quite there—it might not be a great idea to send him up to the plate for a few hours. He hopes to be back in there by Friday, though.
Justin Ruggiano is here. He’s had a whirlwind few days, driving straight through the night for 20 hours to get from Durham to his home in Austin, Texas a few days ago before getting the call from the Rays while he was visiting a friend in Dallas. That prompted a quick trip back to Austin, then a connecting flight through Phoenix, before he arrived here last night. He’ll get a start at some point, but not today.
Also, Josh Paul—who is still suffering from lower back tightness but has been available on an emergency basis—left the park not long ago to attend to a family medical situation. He is expected to rejoin the Rays Friday at home.