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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Rays still mulling ALCS roster
Posted Oct 7, 2008 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Oct 7, 2008 at 04:09 PM
Just got off back-to-back conference calls with Joe Maddon and Andrew Friedman, with much discussion about facing off against the Red Sox yet again. As far as actual news, none really was forthcoming, as the Rays are kind of laying low today before kicking it back into gear with meetings and a workout tomorrow.
Maddon wouldn’t say who would start Game 1 because he hasn’t talked to any of the pitchers involved yet, so hopefully we’ll get the official word on that tomorrow.
As for the question of the two injured players who might have a shot to return for the ALCS, Troy Percival and Shawn Riggans, Friedman offered up a mixed response:
“With Percy, we’ve gotten good reports from his two outings in the Instructional League and I think he’s healthy enough right now where it’s going to be part of our conversations in setting the roster.
“With Riggans, he’s made a lot of progress. He’s not quite where he needs to be yet, and whether or not we’ll be able to be there Friday remains to be seen. We’ll continue to monitor it very closely. There’s still a lot of things that need to be answered before we have a lot of confidence in activating him.”
In other words, Percival is a maybe and Riggans is pretty much a no unless something miraculous happens before Friday morning. Then again, that was said about Carl Crawford at one point as well.
The Rays say they also have not yet decided whether to add an extra pitcher for the best-of-seven LCS round after carrying 10 for the ALDS. Some built-in off days will help keep the bullpen fresh, so they might stick with 10. We’ll see.