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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Izzy will stay with Rays, go to DL
Posted Apr 1, 2009 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Apr 1, 2009 at 11:12 AM
PORT CHARLOTTE—Jason Isringhausen will be added to the Rays’ 40-man roster and “most likely” open the year on the disabled list, Andrew Friedman said today.
The veteran reliever will rehab in St. Petersburg, with no specific end date specified. Isringhausen is coming back from shoulder surgery and has pitched only six innings this spring.
The move essentially buys time for everyone, most notably giving the Rays a solid contingency in case of early bullpen problems.
As for the other spots, Maddon said the fifth starter is still under discussion (which means the long relief spot is also in limbo) and the final bench spot will likely go to Matt Joyce or Justin Ruggiano.