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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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.