Rays and Yankees coming and goings
Injury updates and roster moves are the theme of the afternoon at Tropicana Field for both teams.
The biggest headline is from the Yankees clubhouse, with word that SS Derek Jeter is back in the lineup for the first time since last Monday, when he left the game with the Rays in New York due to a strained left quad.
There was positive news from the Rays side, where ace LHP Scott Kazmir threw two innings in an extended spring game - a day earlier than the Rays had announced - and said all went well. He will advance next a 3-4 inning rehab start for Class A Vero on Friday, with a plan to pitch twice more in the minors and rejoin the Rays for the May 3 game in Boston.
Also getting good reports are C Dioner Navarro, who had the stitches removed from his right middle and ring finger and did some throwing and swinging today with minimal discomfort and could be ready to return on schedule on April 20.
RHP Matt Garza (radial nerve irritation) also continues to progress well and is scheduled to throw off the mound on Tuesday. INF Ben Zobrist had his fractured left thumb checked by the doctor today and will have to wait two more weeks to have the pins removed.
The Yankees are also missing INF Wilson Betimet, who was placed on the DL due to pink eye; and are without RHP Joba Chamberlain, who went home to Nebraska to attend to his ailing father, and C Jose Molina, who has a sore hamstring. They brought up Chad Moeller from Triple-A and he will start tonight.
Chamberlain was put on the bereavement list and the Yankees called up Jonathan Albaladejo to bolster their bullpen.
The Rays lineup has a slightly different look, with Evan Longoria moved up to fifth in the order, hitting behind B.J. Upton to put back-to-back righthanders behind the first three lefties in the order.
So does the Yankees, with struggling 2B Robinson Cano benched and rookie Alberto Gonzalez, who had been filling in at short for Derek Jeter, moving to second.