Percival reinstated; Glover on DL
Veteran closer Troy Percival was reinstated Sunday morning from the disabled list, saying that his left hamstring is feeling better than it has all year, and "10 times better" than it did when he came off the DL the first time.
In a corresponding move, RHP Gary Glover was placed on the 15-day DL with a left calf strain (retroactive July 11), whith manager Joe Maddon said he suffered in his last outing in Cleveland, when Glover gave up six hits and seven runs in 2/3 of an inning.
"My leg feels as normal as it can feel," Percival. "Can I go out and give you a guarantee that something else isn't going to go or that's going to go. I wouldn't do that. But it feels 10 times better than the last time coming off the DL."
Percival has spent two stints on the DL with a nagging left hamstring that has bothered him since spring training. But the reason he's more comfortable now is that the club found out that problems in his back caused the hamstring issues, and so doctors spent more time treating the back to help curb the issue.
"It seemed to calm that nerve down that was shooting into my leg," Percival. "The nerve was weakening the hamstring and the hamstring kept popping. So we seem to have the nerve under control pretty good."
*In other pre-game news, rookie 3B Evan Longoria said he feels fine after fouling two pitches off his left ankle Saturday night. The Rays have put him at DH, though, today, in the cleanup spot, while Willy Aybar takes a turn at third.
*CF B.J. Upton has been moved in the lineup for the second straight day - this time he's in the second spot. Manager Joe Maddon had wanted to take some pressure off of him by putting him in the No. 7 spot Saturday, and he responded by going 1-for-3. This move was more to break up his lineup against a lefty John Parrish.
(Pictured: Troy Percival. Times photo -- Brian Cassella. Click to enlarge.)
-- JOE SMITH