It has been a busy day but most of the news is good. The Rays took both split squad games today: a conventional 4-1 win over the Jays and a softball like 16-15 game against the Pirates that was played in 50 mph wind gusts with sustained 25-30 mph winds. Ignore all pitching stats from that game because they are u-g-l-y. For those counting at home, that gives the Rays a 9 game winning streak in the Grapefruit League putting them atop the Grapefruit League standings. It bears repeating – they did this in 2008 too. Other news:
- Andy Sonnanstine looked great in four innings against the Blue Jays today. That said, the lineup was filled with reserve types including former Ray Joey Gathright hitting leadoff.
- Dioner Navarro left the game with a bruised thumb after getting pegged on a pick-off attempt. Marc Topkin reports the x-rays were inconclusive and that he will be re-evaluated.
- Matt Joyce has come up with an elbow strain and is also being monitored. Given the club is likely to carry 12 pitchers and 13 bats, missing playing time would hurt Joyce’s chances of breaking camp with the big league club.
- Desmond Jennings is done in the Grapefruit League. The strained wrist punched his ticket to minor league camp a little earlier than people planned but it is the best thing for him right now
- David Price’s incident with the bat yesterday did not do any major damage and he is scheduled to make his next start.
- Tim Beckham, Jacob McGee, and Nevin Ashley have also been sent down to minor league camp. No surprises there.
- Pat Burrell homered today – his first homer since September 15th of last year and helped end an ugly 1 for 13 start to Spring Training.
- Rafael Soriano will make his Rays debut in a game against the Twins next Wednesday while J.P. Howell will wait until the next day to pitch against the Yankees according to mlb.com’s Bill Chastain.