Rays-A's, Part II
Manager Joe Maddon said SS Jason Bartlett looked good again today, and it's possible he could be activated Thursday, the first game of the Royals series in Kansas City.
The Rays, winners of three of their last four, will face another lefty in Dallas Braden. That means RF Jonny Gomes and Willy Aybar are back in the lineup.
Andy Sonnanstine, who hasn't pitched in 12 days, will go for the Rays. Maddon said he thinks Sonnanstine is rejuvenated after the break.
In other pre-game medical notes, RHP Gary Glover threw to hitters this afternoon and said everything felt good. Glover, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list when Troy Percival came back on Sunday, will likely serve the minimum DL stint (he was put on retroactive July 11).
As for Bartlett, Maddon said the club will still have a decision to make on whom Bartlett will replace on the roster. The obvious choice would be Ben Zobrist, but Maddon isn't sure if he can run out Bartlett for four or five straight days, considering he's coming off a sprained right knee. Maddon said he's comfortable using Evan Longoria as an emergency backup at short, but that decision will likely not come until later this week.
- JOE SMITH