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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Under the roof
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: