Jaso still on shelf, Manny back on the road
C John Jaso remains sidelined and "uncomfortable" as a result of being hit in the groin by a foul ball on Saturday and with no set return date, manager Joe Maddon said today there is a possibility they could have to start looking at alternatives for the opening day roster. "If he's not responding well, if the pain threshold is not going down enough, we have to,'' Maddon said. "But as of right now we're not there yet.''
DH/OF Manny Ramirez continues to live up to his self-designated label as "The Travelin' Man" asking once again to be part of the travel squad for a long trip, and he will play on Thursday in Kissimmee. Ramirez did the same last week when the Rays went to Jupiter. "He wanted in, so we said okay,'' Maddon said. "I've really been trying to give him as many at-bats as necessary but he's wanting more because he's feeling good." Two other veterans will make the trip on Thursday that live in the Orlando area - Johnny Damon and Kyle Farnsworth.
On the Manny topic, here's a very interesting piece by ESPN's Jayson Stark on how Maddon is handling Ramirez, and what some others in the game think about it. And a piece from the Boston Herald's Michael Silverman.