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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Suddenly short on shortstops
Posted Mar 12, 2008 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Mar 12, 2008 at 10:20 AM
Jason Bartlett better do everything in his power to stay healthy the way things are going around here.
Andy Cannizaro has not yet reported to the park today after going to the hospital yesterday for anti-inflammatory treatment on a back injury. Apparently this is essentially the same problem that shelved him for the first three months of last season while he was with the Yankees. Joe Maddon said the hope is Cannizaro will be ready to play in a game by SUnday.
“There was an inflammation involved, so the doctors have some sort of IV anti-inflammatory thing going on right now in order to expedite him getting back on the field,” said Maddon. “I guess he just doesn’t tolerate anti-inflammatories well because of his stomach, so they had to go a different route with it.”
Sounds like Elliot Johnson might get a look at shortstop with everyone else dropping like flies.
Other than that, it’s been a loose morning here with a couple of pranks being pulled.
Mitch Talbot walked into the clubhouse to find his locker completely empty of uniforms and other workout clothes. After spending most of the pregame in street clothes, he solved the problem by reaching into the adjacent locker—repository of Juan Salas’ gear—and putting on his uniform. Let’s just say the fit wasn’t exact—Salas is a big man.
As Talbot modeled the jersey for his teammates, he said “I just wanted to keep the moths from eating it.”
The Rays also had a laugh when they took the field for their morning meeting. Jon Weber apparently went into the wall during early work in the outfield and somebody put a tape outline of a body on the wall in center field—like a chalk outline at a crime scene—along with “RIP Weber 63,” his uniform number.
Here’s the Rays’ lineup for today’s epic Yankees struggle:
Also scheduled to pitch: Percival, Wheeler, Glover, Anderson, Howell, Dohmann, Mason
Updating, 10:15: Andy Pettitte has been scratched from his scheduled start against the Rays today because of a “minor muscle irritation.” Lefty Heath Phillips will get the call instead.
Though A-Rod and Jeter aren’t coming, there are a few luminaries on the travel roster: Posada, Giambi, Abreu, Matsui, Cano and Cabrera among them.