Gameday report: Rays (ss) at Pirates and Rays (ss) at Twins
UPDATE, 11:37: From Fort Myers, OF Matt Joyce said he's played catch for two days with no issues from the right elbow strain that has sidelined him, and if all continues to go well he expects to be back in the outfield within 4-5 days. He will DH today and Monday to stay sharp vs. big-league pitching. ... Also, the Rays decided to have James Shields pitch against the Red Sox on Monday even though he is likely to see them during the second weekend of the season. The Rays held Matt Garza back from facing the Yankees on Thursday.
UPDATE, 8:16: C Dioner Navarro is here, on crutches and moving gingerly, but said he is optimistic that with a few days of treatment he will return soon to the field and will be ready to start the season. "I don't think it's going to impact my opening day next week - I'll be there,'' he said. "It's going to be uncomfortable for a while, but that's just part of life of being a catcher.''
Navarro was injured in a home-plate collision Saturday and by his reaction at the time it appeared he was seriously hurt, but was diagnosed with a bruise to the nerve in his left shin. "At the time, I saw my whole season passing through my mind,'' he said.
Navarro said Sunday he was panicking at the time because his leg went numb. "It wasn't as bad as I thought,'' he said. "Thank God there was no fracture, no break, no ligament (damage), just nerve trauma that caused my leg to go numb.'' He was much more relieved after the X-ray.
DEVELOPING: The Rays are gathering in Port Charlotte this morning before heading out for a busy day, with games in Bradenton against the Pirates and Fort Myers vs. the Twins.
Here is the lineup for the game vs. Pirates:
And for the game vs. Twins:
D. Johnson 3b
E. Johnson 2b