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Navarro wraps up rehab

Posted Apr 21, 2008 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Apr 21, 2008 at 10:41 PM

You know you’re hitting well when an 0-for-3 night drops your average to an even .400. That’s how it went for Dioner Navarro tonight as he got his three scheduled at-bats as the DH for Vero Beach against Brevard County to wrap up his rehab assignment.

Less than three weeks after suffering severe cuts on two fingers on his right hand in a freak accident at Yankee Stadium, Navarro is expected to be activated from the DL tomorrow. Mike DiFelice, who said his goodbyes in the clubhouse following Sunday’s game at Tropicana Field, likely will be designated for assignment to clear a spot for the Rays’ starting catcher.

Not only will that free up space on the active roster for Navarro, it also will open a 40-man spot that, unless Andrew Friedman has something else up his sleeve, could be used to reinstate Juan Salas from the restricted list sometime in the next couple of weeks. Of course, the way the Rays have been decimated by injuries already this season, who knows what might happen over that timeframe?

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Por (Frank Ferreri) on April 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

It is ironic that if there is no claim, DiFelice will go to Durham.  The savy veteran catcher handling young pitchers.  Reminds of Kevin Costner’s character.  It is easy to second-guess GM’s, however, does this move, along with claiming Johnson make the team better?  Also, what is that sound coming from Minnesota.  Could it be laughter?  And then…there is…MADDON.  The one constant thumbprint of Maddon teams is bad baseball and bad fundalmentals no matter who is wearing the uniform.

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