Getting up to date, Thursday edition
The Rays take their show on the road for a week starting tonight in Kansas City, where, defying the weather forecast, it's bright and sunny at mid-day.
A couple of developments from late Wednesday:
Rocco Baldelli played in the outfield for Double-A Montgomery. It was only for three innings (as scheduled), and he isn't hitting all that well, 3-for-17 in six games for the Biscuits, but it's still a sign of progress in his recovery from the rare muscle fatigue condition that has sidelined him all season. As the Rays weigh trade possibilities involving the likes of Xavier Nady, Casey Blake and others, it only makes sense for them to also monitor Baldelli, since if healthy he could be better than anyone they could acquire in trade.
David Price pitched for Montgomery, allowing seven hits (including a homer) and three runs (two earned) over six innings. He also walked two and struck out six and didn't get a decision as the Biscuits lost in the 10th inning. In six games for Montgomery he is 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 37 innings.
A new name on the trade rumor front is actually an old name, with the San Francisco Chronicle reporting that the Rays have "some interest" in reacquiring reliever Tyler Walker.
There is plenty of other trade speculation flying around, most interesting might be the ESPN.com reports that indicate the Pirates are (finally) dropping their price on OF Xavier Nady and LHP Damaso Marte, who both would fill needs for the Rays.