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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Medical updates on Escobar (good), Myers (out today) and roster move (Roberts)
Posted Jul 21, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jul 21, 2013 at 12:45 PM
TORONTO Some medical news on a perfect day by the shores of Lake Ontario:
Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar put his strained right hamstring to the test earlier this afternoon when he took ground balls and ran once around the bases. Afterwards he was pronounced fit enough to avoid a trip to the disabled list.
As a result, infielder Ryan Roberts, called up Friday when first baseman James Loney went on paternity leave, was send back to Triple A Durham.
Loney, whose wife delivered a baby boy Friday, rejoined the team today and is the lineup this afternoon against the Blue Jays.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said he expects Escobar to play during the four-game series in Boston that begins Monday, though Maddon said was not sure if Escobar will start Monday.
Right fielder Wil Myers is not in today’s lineup because of a sore left wrist. Myers said he hurt the wrist against the Twins during the homestand before the All-Star Break and aggravated it Saturday while sliding into second base.
Myers said he expects to play Monday.
“I truly believe it’s a day-to-day thing,” Maddon said. “I actually believe he’s going to play (Monday). He went out and took some swings and just felt a little bit sore in the finish. I still anticipate that he might be able to pinch-hit if necessary today, also. I don’t think it’s anything bad. It’s just a (one) day kind of thing.”