Zobrist likely headed to DL; Guzman headed to Rays?
Rays SS Ben Zobrist appears to be headed to the DL after he left Saturday's game in the middle of his first at bat with a right oblique strain.
Zobrist, left, grimaced when he swung at Jake Westbrook's first-pitch delivery. He tried to bunt Westbrooks second pitch, prompting manager Joe Maddon and head trainer Ron Porterfield out to home plate. He left with an 0-2 count and was replace by Josh Wilson.
“When I swung I knew there was something wrong,” Zobrist said. “I tried to move it a little bit when I was standing there next to the box and it didn’t look like I was going to be able to swing the bat hard.
"I’m not sure what it is," Zobrist said. "It feels like it’s right below my ribs but above my oblique, but it’s definitely in the core area so it’s going to be difficult to twist.”
The Rays, already short a position player because they are carrying 13 pitchers, will likely make a move today. The most likely option is to add Triple-A Durham 3B Joel Guzman to the roster. Guzman is hitting .242. His 16 homers are second most on the team and he is tied for the Bulls lead with 64 RBIs.