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 on Davis: ‘I’m not concerned’
Posted Mar 22, 2010 by Roger Mooney
Updated Mar 22, 2010 at 02:11 PM
FORT MYERS Rays manager Joe Maddon said he spoke with Wade Davis this morning and that he’s not concerned with Davis’ spring, which includes only one outing longer than two innings and a 10..24.
“I’m not concerned,” Maddon said before the Rays-Red Sox game. “We could easily get his inning built up. I didn’t see the game yesterday, but they told me there were a lot of ground ball base hits, like David Price (Saturday). We made a couple of mistakes behind him. The other day, David against Minnesota, there were a lot of ground ball singles. When you put the ball on the ground, if it finds a hole, there’s not a thing you can do about it. He’s fine. He’s healthy. He’s throwing well.”
Davis finished 2009 as the fifth starter in the rotation and appears headed toward that spot this year, even though Andy Sonnanstine, the other candidate for the final spot, has looked better.
Maddon said that might be part of the problem with Davis.
“The uncertainty with what is going on with him right now plays into this a little bit for him,” Maddon said. “He’s handling it great. I had a little brief discussion with him today. I have no concerns.”