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Johnson out, Cannizaro in

Posted Apr 26, 2008 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Apr 26, 2008 at 10:36 PM

In the midst of the post-win hubbub, the Rays made yet another roster move, optioning Elliot Johnson to Durham and purchasing the contract of Andy Cannizaro.

Cannizaro will serve as the backup shortstop, and he should be a better fit for that position than Johnson, a natural second baseman. The Rays kept Johnson around to start the season primarily because they also felt comfortable with him in the outfield, but as Joe Maddon said, they’re pretty well covered out there now.

Johnson went 3-for-19 in his first major-league action, striking out seven times. He hadn’t played in nearly a week. Cannizaro is hitting .289 with five doubles and seven walks in 13 games for Durham. He’ll be here tomorrow. The Rays had an open spot on the 40-man roster, so there’s no need for a corresponding move there.

Reader Comments

Por (bobby k carr) on April 26, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Am I missing something here? What ever happened to Zobrist (our shortstop of the future)? Was he traded or something? Doesn´t matter, in any case, quite a mess right there! (being Bartlett one of the worst ones).
Josh Wilson was doing a fine job, then Brendan Harris was doing a fine job, finally Velandia was doing a fine job. WELL, we got rid of them all. How about that. What for? I thought, in favor of Zobrist. Nope. We ended up with Bartlett. How come? Don´t have the slicest idea! No clue!!!

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Por (Kip) on April 27, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Relax Bobby, the only worse shortstop than Jason Bartlett is Ben Zobrist.
The reason Cannizaro was brought up is that he is a true shortstop and Johnson is not and it is finally time to sit Bartlett down. Zobrist and Barlett may be nice guys but they are both horrible.
Maddon needs to get away from Platooning
so much, Gomes sits while everyone from the scrap heap (Gross,Haynes)get an opportunity. Also, seems like everybody the Rays got from the Twins has arm issues.

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