Comings and Going
We've had our share of news so far tonight before the Rays play the Indians here at The Trop.
As we type, actor Barry Williams (better known as Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch, left) is signing autographs in Centerfield Street. Music from the '70s is playing as the Indians finish batting practice (We at The Heater are impartial to The Bee Gees because we love Andy Gibb).
But inside the Rays clubhouse, Rays CF Rocco Baldelli stopped by. He will report to Class-A Vero Beach and start a rehab assignment there Monday. He will likely play there for the next four or five games, rotating between CF and DH, and then move up to Triple-A Durham.
On the Houser front, word is that the suspended Rays minor league pitcher will remain with Double-A Montgomery while starting his 50-game suspension. He will work out with the Biscuits for the rest of the season. The Sarasota High product will serve his suspension without pay.
Also, reliever Fernando Cabrera, who the Rays claimed on release waivers from the Indians, declined his waiver assignment. He now becomes a free agent, but the Rays haven't given up. They hope to sign him as he talks to the other 28 teams.
So to regroup: Greg Brady is here. Rocco was here and is leaving. Cabrera is not here yet, but still might come here. And Houser is staying in Montgomery.
Here's the Rays starting lineup: