For starters: Rays at Jays, back on the field
UPDATE, 6:08: Maddon said it was a tough decision filling out the lineup because he likes to have a good infield defense when Price is pitching but also wanted Johnson's bat in the lineup so he decided to use him at first. The fact that the Jays have only 1 lefty hitter in the lineup helped.
UPDATE, 5:59: Maddon said they don't expect Escobar to go on the DL, that the plan is for him to DH on Saturday and return to SS on Sunday, and at worst he would be back Monday. ... Loney is due back on Sunday. so Roberts in theory would go back to Durham then. ... Maddon said Cobb us "getting closer" but would make at least the two planned rehab starts, and that reports were good on Thursday that he showed no after-effects of the incident.
UPDATE, 4:50: Rays lineup, without SS Yunel Escobar, who is uncertain of his return:
DEVELOPING: The Rays are set to resume play after the All-Star break tonight at the Rogers Centre, with David Price on the mound against the Blue Jays.
Price has pitched extremely well in 3 starts since coming off the DL, and has historically done well against the Jays, so this is probably a good place for the Rays to start, hoping to extend the 17-4 streak they rode into the break.
There is some news:
* 1B James Loney and wife Nadia are parents of a baby boy, Jordan James. Loney is on the paternity list and it's not clear yet when he will rejoin the team.
* INF Ryan Roberts was called up and will rejoin the team today to take Loney's place, but also offers some depth given the uncertain status of SS Yunel Escobar, who left Sunday's game with a right hamstring strain.
* RHP Alex Cobb is set to make the first of two scheduled rehab starts on Tuesday for the Stone Crabs on Tuesday in Port Charlotte. Cobb, struck in the head by a line drive June 15, is aiming for an early August return to the Rays.
* Top prospect RHP Taylor Guerrieri is in Port Charlotte to see team doctors after leaving his July 15 start for Class A Bowling Green with right elbow soreness. Guerrieri had been given two weeks off due to fatigue prior to that.
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