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Tampa Bay Rays closer Kyle Farnsworth unlikely to pitch during series against Boston Red Sox

BALTIMORE — RHP Kyle Farns­worth's tender right elbow is feeling better, but he is unlikely to be available for the upcoming key series in Boston.

Farnsworth is still in the stage of rest and receiving treatment, evidenced by the wires attached to his elbow from a portable electric stimulation machine he was carrying around the clubhouse.

Farnsworth — who last pitched Saturday — has not been cleared to play catch, nor given a timetable for when he can. "Hopefully it's coming up soon," he said. Once he does, he expects the Rays will want him to move cautiously and take several days to build back up to game form — and that's assuming there are no setbacks.

"We're trying to get this fixed as quick as possible," Farnsworth said.

Treatment includes the electric stimulation, ultrasound, hot and cold contrast, and massage. "I'm already bored," he said. "I can only do so much."

Manager Joe Maddon said he still considers Farnsworth on day-to-day status: "I don't know exactly when we're going to pop him back in there, but he's getting better."

PRICE CHECK: LHP David Price was frustrated with his inability to hold the 2-1 lead. "That's been part of my problem this year has been being able to hold leads," he said. "I've given up quite a few of them, so that's pretty frustrating. I thought I threw the ball all right."

MOORE WAITING: It would seem logical for the Rays to have 22-year-old LHP phenom Matt Moore make his major-league debut in the less pressurized setting of Camden Yards than Fenway Park, but Maddon said he didn't think such special handling was necessary and wouldn't force it.

"I'm not really caught up in that, to be honest with you," Maddon said. "I met the kid briefly; I don't know that it's going to make a whole lot of difference to him. And actually he might like Boston better."

BIG HEART JAMES: RHP James Shields was again selected the Rays nominee for the annual Roberto Clemente Award, given to the MLB player who best represents the game "through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement."

Shields and his wife, Ryane, are actively involved in assisting foster children through Eckerd Youth Alternatives and the Heart Gallery of Pasco and Pinellas, and host some for games at the Big Game James Club suite.

"Foster kids have been a big part of our lives over the last couple years, and it's great to help them out," Shields said.

"I think foster kids in America get a little overlooked. You hear about a lot of people adopting kids from other countries, but we have a ton of foster kids in our own country that need help and need families."

Chevrolet will make a $7,500 donation for Shields to the two organizations. Voting for the national award starts today at chevybaseball.com/clemente; the winner is announced at the World Series.

MINOR MATTERS: The Rays opened instructional league camp in Port Charlotte with 54 players, including their last two No. 1 picks, OF Josh Sale and RHP Taylor Guerrieri, and promising prospects such as SS Hak-Ju Lee and C Oscar Hernandez. The camp runs through Oct. 7 and includes a 13-game schedule; see tampabay.com/blogs/rays for details.

MISCELLANY: Rookie LF Desmond Jennings made a running and leaping catch into the wall to save at least a double. … 3B Evan Longoria hit his 26th homer, 15th since the All-Star break. … The 2012 schedule will be released today; the Rays open at home vs. the Yankees and host the Braves, Marlins and Mets in interleague play. … Jose Lobaton pinch-hit and made the last out; Maddon wanted Sam Fuld to hit with a man on.

Tampa Bay Rays closer Kyle Farnsworth unlikely to pitch during series against Boston Red Sox 09/13/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 12:24am]
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