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Rays expect Cantu to report

Posted Apr 2, 2007 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Apr 2, 2007 at 02:44 PM

Some news from earlier: Andrew Friedman says the Rays expect Jorge Cantu to be in Durham’s lineup for the Bulls’ April 5 season opener.

“I fully expect him to arrive on time and get down there and be in the Opening Day lineup and have some success early offensively,” said Friedman.

Cantu’s 72-hour window to report to Triple-A expires tomorrow, but tomorrow’s a travel day for the Bulls as they head to North Carolina. They have a workout there Wednesday before opening the season against Syracuse. After conversations with Cantu’s agent, Friedman said the player’s initial reaction after being optioned down Saturday has cooled somewhat.

“In the moment, he was understandably very upset,” said Friedman. “I think in the last couple of days he, per his agent, has kind of seen the big picture and is very focused and determined to have success and get back to the major-league level. He doesn’t see himself as a minor-league player, so I know he’s very motivated to get off to a good start.”

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