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 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?