Medical 'expert' of the day
As a result of his right foot injury, SS Reid Brignac said he has learned a lot about his diagnosed condition of plantar fasciitis. Just not as much as he thought. After boasting he could spell it, Brignac came out with: "F-a-c-e-t-i-o-u-s." Told he was off a bit, he laughed: "That's how I've been saying it in my texts. You have to remember, I have a high school education. And in Louisiana."
Soft spot of the day
Rays manager Joe Maddon can relate to the Quixotic quests of longtime minor-leaguers such as OFs Jesus Feliciano and Jeff Salazar trying to make the team. "Believe me, I identify with all those guys," Maddon said. "I identify with them very easily. I was not the prodigy coming out of wherever."
Quote of the day
"You can handle it two ways: You can go down and be 'Bitter Bob' about it, or you can go down and be your normal self and get your stuff down. I don't plan on being 'Bitter Bob.' "
C Chris Gimenez, on being sent back to the minors
Guest of the day
Former Cubs All-Star 2B Glenn Beckert was in uniform as a guest of Maddon's. Beckert, who lives in Port Charlotte, also attended last spring.
Rays at Phillies
When/where: 1:05 today; Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater
Tickets: $14-34, available through Phillies.com, calling (215) 463-1000 or at stadium
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
Pitchers: Rays — Jeremy Hellickson, Ryan Reid, Marquis Fleming; Phillies — Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, Chad Qualls, Joe Savery
RHP Wade Davis said he is scheduled for his first relief appearance in a minor-league game after learning Tuesday he was moving to the bullpen.
Friday: at Pirates, 1:05 p.m. Rays — Matt Moore; Pirates — Brad Lincoln
Saturday: Red Sox, 1:05 p.m. Rays — Jeff Niemann; Red Sox — TBA
Sunday: at Orioles, 1:05 p.m. Rays — James Shields; O's — TBA
All games 1:05 unless noted
3: at Twins
4: vs. Future Rays, 1:40, at Trop
* Value game, $2 off
Who is this Ray?
He grew up in Hillsborough County and attended Rays games as a kid. He played at Armwood High and Florida Southern College. He was acquired in a trade from Detroit.
Who is this answer: Outfielder Matt Joyce
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer