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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Maddon: Keppinger to be out 3 to 4 weeks
Posted May 22, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 22, 2012 at 12:10 AM
ST. PETERSBURG Rays manager Joe Maddon said Jeff Keppinger will be out three to four weeks with a broken big toe on his right foot suffered Saturday.
Keppinger was sitting in the dugout when he was struck by a foul ball off the bat of Atlanta’s Martin Prado.
Keppinger is the 10th Ray on the disabled list, the most at any one point since the 1999 season.
The Rays acquired switch-hitting infielder Drew Sutton late Sunday night from the Pittsburgh Pirates Triple A team to replace Keppinger.
Keppinger was hitting .295 this season second base, third base and first base. In fact, Keppinger is the only one other than Carlos Peña to start at first base.
Maddon said Elliot Johnson, Sean Rodriguez, Chris Gimenez, Sutton can serve as backups for first base.
Maddon also said Luke Scott is close to being able to throw well enough to play first base.