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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Shoppach could be heading for knee surgery
Posted Apr 17, 2010 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 17, 2010 at 06:56 PM
BOSTON The Rays sent catcher Kelly Shoppach back to St. Petersburg on Saturday, and there is concern among the club that his sprained right knee may actually be something worse.
“It could be,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said Saturday afternoon. “It could be, yes.”
Shoppach will see Dr. Koco Eaton, the Rays team orthopedic, on Monday. There is a possibility the injury could require surgery.
Shoppach suffered the injury during the sixth inning of last Saturday’s game against the Yankees at Tropicana Field while blocking the plate against Curtis Granderson.
The pain and swelling never subsided as Shoppach was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. At the time, Shoppach said he expected to return to the active roster after his stint on the disabled list finished.
“It’s still pretty sore, pretty stiff, those kinds of things,” Maddon said. “Of course, he’s kind of a tough guy, he’s going to tell you he’s going to be ready 10 days to two weeks. That’s just who he is. But we wanted to make sure about it, so we wanted to send him back and try to really finalize and see what it is and how long it’s going to take (to heal).”
Also, right fielder Matt Joyce (right elbow strain) returned to St. Petersburg from his rehab assignment at Triple A Durham.
“(Team head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield) just thinks it’s a matter of time, and it’s going to take more time, and he wants to be more involved in the rehab,” Maddon said. “It was getting so slowly better. He can not throw any distance, he can not throw in a game. Until he can, we do not want to do anything about it except to get him well, because we want him to play in the outfield.”
Joyce has not been able to play the outfield since he suffered the injury March 11 while working on cutoff throws before a spring training game.
Maddon called this a “set-back.”
“Of course he’s behind schedule with getting his arm well,” Maddon said. “We just want to get him back there and supervise it from home.”