The Devil Rays got even more bad news Wednesday when it was learned that 2B Jorge Cantu has a small nondisplaced fracture in his left foot and will be out at least two to three weeks.
Cantu was first hurt April 7 when he fouled a ball off his foot. He missed five starts, then returned to play 10 games but did not look comfortable running. He was unable to play Tuesday and was examined Wednesday by a doctor in New York.
Cantu, the team MVP last season, will be the fourth key starter to be placed on the DL, joining CF Rocco Baldelli, 3B Aubrey Huff and SS Julio Lugo. Cantu will be replaced in the lineup in the short term by Nick Green, though the Rays may consider other options.
LF Carl Crawford did rejoin the team Wednesday after missing Tuesday's game to attend his grandmother's funeral.