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Rays reassign Kotchman, Lopez, 5 others



UPDATE, 4:29: There was one more move after the game, as the Rays optioned Jose Lobaton to the minors, which means they are comfortable that John Jaso will be ready for the opener. Also, Maddon confirmed that Elliot Johnson has made the team, and though he didn't say it, it's clear that Sam Fuld has made it as the reserve OF.

DEVELOPING: The Rays decided against keeping veteran 1B Casey Kotchman in the big leagues, reassigning him, INF Felipe Lopez and five others to minor-league camp.

Also reassigned were INFs Joe Inglett and Ray Olmedo, OFs Chris Carter and Justin Ruggiano and C Craig Albernaz.

The moves indicate that Elliot Johnson and Sam Fuld won the bench jobs, and that Dan Johnson will be the first baseman, barring any addiitonal moves.

There are 28 players left in camp, and the three to go seem obvious - Rule 5 LHP Cesar Cabral, who likely will be traded for waived; C Jose Lobaton, for insurance until the Rays know that John Jaso is healthy enough to start the season; and LHP J.P. Howell, who will be placed on the DL.


[Last modified: Monday, April 25, 2011 12:15am]


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