Maddon said Baldelli was doing better in his recovery from a strained left hamstring but the Rays would continue with a cautious approach, meaning he is unlikely to play for another couple weeks. Maddon also said Aubrey Huff (left knee sprain) was doing better and could be back sooner than expected.
The Curt Schilling comments about Scott Kazmir being the reason for bad feelings between the teams continued to be a topic of discussion, fueled in part by ESPN's repeated hyping of the subject, which was probably not coincidental since Thursday's game was being shown on ESPN2. Maddon, however, said he didn't want to say anything to further the rhetoric. ""It's entertainment,'' he said.
The Rays remain officially undecided on a starter for Saturday's game in Texas, but it looks more and more like it will be Edwin Jackson, who will be called up from Triple-A Durham.