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Monday blues ....



As the Rays spend Monday's off-day in Baltimore trying to forget out the woeful weekend in New York, team officials (again) will be discussing the possibility of changes to the pitching staff.

One issue is reliever RHP Jay Witasick, who was to fly back to Florida this morning to have his right elbow checked by Dr. Koco Eaton. If Witasick is hurt and goes on the DL, the Rays seem likely to put Jason Hammel back on the roster and possibly into the rotation.

Another issue is how long LHP Casey Fossum will be away attending to the birth of his third child. His wife is scheduled to have labor induced on Tuesday, so he could miss a couple games.

The Rays could also consider bringing up some relievers from the minors, where the options include Seth McClung, Chad Orvella and Jeff Ridgway.

But the problem is that they already have 13 pitchers on the staff and are probably going to reduce the staff by one as soon as Fossum gets back because they've been playing with only three extra position players (two since Carl Crawford was hurt in Saturday's day game).

Some good news is that the Rays seem confident Crawford's mildly sprained left ankle is better and he  will be back in the lineup Tuesday.

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


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