Pena back in lineup
Carlos Pena, who has battled hamstring tightness the past couple days, is back in the lineup tonight against the White Sox, taking his usual cleanup spot as the designated hitter.
Pena was pulled in the fourth inning of the Rays win against Minnesota Thursday with a little hamstring tweak, but after an MRI was negative on Friday, and he felt better than expected going through workouts that afternoon, it appears manager Joe Maddon will ease him back into the lineup. Maddon said Pena will most likely DH Sunday, but is unsure when when he'll return to the field.
*In the meantine, 1B Dan Johnson, claimed off waivers from Oakland Friday, is scheduled to arrive Sunday at Tropicana Field. Maddon didn't give many specifics on when Johnson will be in the lineup, but said he could back up Pena at first, and also serve as DH.
*A little insight on SS Jason Bartlett struggles; Bartlett said he's been dealing with arm soreness for a while, where he reaches back and can't get as much on it (especially when he makes deep throws from over the top). Bartlett, who has four errors in the past seven games (all throwing errors), said he was ready to ask for a day off when Joe Maddon already said he planned to give Bartlett Sunday away (combined with Monday's day off, it could help things).
*Top pick LHP David Price threw a bullpen session Saturday and, according to the Rays, everything went well, free and easy. Price has been rehabbing a left elbow injury since spring training, with Price saying early in his recovery that he'd likely do four extended spring starts before taking the mound in Vero Beach.
Eric Hinske will make his second straight start at first base, and Shawn Riggans will get the start behind the plate.
-- JOE SMITH