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 Mar 10, 2009 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Mar 10, 2009 at 11:13 AM
PORT CHARLOTTE—Assorted tidbits from Joe Maddon’s pregame chat:
* Jason Isringhausen was impressive in his live batting practice session today, though he had some trouble with his control. Maddon said he was “very encouraged” by what he saw. Nonetheless, it appears Izzy won’t make his game debut this weekend, as he had expected. The plan is to get him two more live BP sessions and then see where he is. So we may be looking at the middle of next week or so.
* Grant Balfour “probably” will get back in a game Thursday, but it may be Friday.
* As expected, Wade Davis will not start Friday as was originally listed. Maddon said Carlos Hernandez will get the ball against the Blue Jays instead.
* Finally, Maddon was asked if he had any favorites for tomorrow’s annual charity golf tournament…
“I’ll tell you what, David Price is an absolute sleeper,” Maddon said. “I played with him a couple days ago and it’s incredible how he hits a golf ball. … He had a little bit of the Phil Mickelson touch around the green, which really bothered me, too. He’s off the tee, he’s got draw, like 300 yards, firm, smooth swing, and then he’s got touch around the green. It’s really sickening. And on top of that he’s a pretty good left-handed pitcher.”