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Rays news and notes: Reid Brignac a bit less knowledgeable about injury than he thought

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, 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.

On deck

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

Upcoming schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted


2: Twins*

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

Rays news and notes: Reid Brignac a bit less knowledgeable about injury than he thought 03/28/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 9:50pm]
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