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Posted May 6, 2008 by Marc Lancaster

Updated May 6, 2008 at 05:44 PM

TORONTO—After a beautiful Monday, that nasty weather from Boston has followed the Rays here. As a result, the roof of the Rogers Centre is closed, which I have no doubt will make many a Ray happy. Some of the guys weren’t real enthused with the playing conditions at Fenway.

About the only pregame news centered on guys who aren’t here. It sounds like real progress is being made by Cliff Floyd and Ben Zobrist, and Al Reyes seems to be on the right track.

Floyd and Zobrist both played in extended spring training games today. Zobrist may actually join Vero Beach, which begins a four-game set at Lakeland tomorrow, and play with them the balance of the week. He’s scheduled to get the pins removed from his thumb Monday and Joe Maddon said it’s possible he may be ready to rejoin the Rays the next day, though we’ll see on that. It sounds like Floyd also could be ready for the Yankees series.

Reyes played catch from 130 feet and tried out some breaking balls while throwing off flat ground, apparently with no discomfort. He’ll play long-toss again tomorrow and is scheduled to get back on the mound Friday. If Reyes continues to feel OK, Maddon didn’t rule out the reliever returning at some point next week also.

In addition, an examination revealed no serious damage to Gary Glover’s shoulder, and he could come off the DL at or near the minimum number of days, said Maddon. Glover’s eligible to be activated this Saturday.

Here are today’s lineups, with a couple of former Blue Jays in there for the Rays in Hinske and Gross:

Rays
Iwamura 2B
Crawford LF
Upton CF
Pena 1B
Longoria 3B
Hinske DH
Navarro C
Gross RF
Bartlett SS
Sonnanstine P

Blue Jays
Rios RF
Stewart LF
Rolen 3B
Stairs DH
Wells CF
Overbay 1B
Hill 2B
Zaun C
Eckstein SS
Burnett P

Reader Comments

Por (Mark) on May 07, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I sure hope they are not going to bring Zobrist to the Major League team, he is a AAA player at best, he is overmatched at the plate, and as awful as Bartlett has started out he is much better than Zobrist, so is Cannizaro. Also, when is the Gross experiment going to end? He didn’t hit for the Brewers and he hasn’t even hit it out of the infield for the Rays, and if Maddon likes platooning so much, why not hit Gomes for Gross in the 8th?

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