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Guzman in, Zobrist out



As expected, the Rays recalled INF Joel Guzman from Triple-A Durham to replace SS Ben Zobrist, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain that could keep him sidelined for the rest of the season.

Guzman, 22, has worked primarily at third and first base this season and last, but was originally a shortstop and would be used as the backup if and when now-fulltime starter Josh Wilson is out of the game. If the Rays need a fill-in at second base for Brendan Harris, Wilson is likely to slide over, though Maddon said he would consider bringing in B.J. Upton from centerfield to finish a game. Maddon said he also wanted to at least look at Guzman at second base as well.

Zobrist was predictably disappointed about the injury but hopes to return before the end of the season. He was scheduled for an MRI Sunday afternoon; the usual minimal healing time is two weeks and then he would need a few weeks to work back into form.

Also, CF Rocco Baldelli starts a rehab assignment on Monday night for Class A Vero Beach - he will be the DH and get two at-bats.


[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:32am]


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