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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Navarro Bats Right-Handed Due To Sore Wrist; Kaz Reaches 200 Ks
Posted Sep 10, 2007 by Aaron Knox
Updated Sep 10, 2007 at 07:43 PM
In case you were wondering, no, you weren’t seeing things when Rays C Dioner Navarro batted right-handed against the right-handed throwing Curt Schilling. Apparently, Navarro has a sore right wrist, and it causes less pain for him to bat right-handed than left-handed. It didn’t work the first time up as Navarro ended the inning by striking out.
Odd that Navarro is catching and not Josh Paul, who had been anointed Scott Kazmir’s personal catcher. But maybe not so odd, considering Navarro has been hot at the plate (.294 since the All-Star break, with seven homers and 25 RBIs after batting .177 before the break). But if Navarro’s wrist is so sore he can’t bat lefty, it still seems odd. Something to ask about after the game ...
Also, Scott Kazmir struck out Coco Crisp in the second inning to become the first Devil Rays pitcher with 200 strikeouts in a season. He joined Mark Prior, Oliver Perez, Roger Clemens, Kerry Wood, Ryan Dempster, Barry Zito and Jeremy Bonderman as the only active pitchers to strike out 200 or more in a season before age 24.