Good news (finally)
Rocco Baldelli's progress is not as easy to define and the Rays are not sure when he will be back. Baldelli, out since late spring training with a left hamstring strain, has worked out some at first base, though manager Joe Maddon said the best scenario is for Baldelli to return to centerfield. 2B Jorge Cantu, out with a fractured left foot, is probably at least two weeks away from returning.
Maddon said he welcomes their return not only because they are frontline players, but because it will allow him to use a more regular lineup.
Sean Burroughs has earned more playing time at third with his solid defense, and is in the lineup again Tuesday. C Toby Hall also returns to the lineup.
Another small crowd is expected, but the Trop will be considerably more lively on Wednesday and Thursday when the Yankees make the first of three visits.
The Rays had more off-field trouble, with Class A minor-league pitcher Matt Rico suspended 100 games for a drug violation. No word, yet, on the official suspension for Delmon Young.