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Maddon, Johnson swap more barbs over Peralta

As Rays reliever Joel Peralta awaited his suspension from MLB in media silence on Wednesday, managers Joe Maddon and Davey Johnson continued to exchange barbs.

Johnson went first, generally attempting to diffuse the situation, but getting several shots, saying Maddon needed to "read the rule book" and referring to him as "a weird wuss" and "the guru."

He also said he didn't want to get into "a shouting match" with Maddon since he has "a Tweeter" and could reach more people.

Johnson also said he continued to matter to be over, and that he felt a suspension is too strong a punishment, that getting kicked out of the game was enough.

Maddon went second, and continued to blast the Nats for their handling of the matter, saying he would think players would not want to come to Washington to play for Johnson and suggesting the current Nats players were unhappy with what happened.

Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman said they expect to hear from MLB Thursday or Friday and that the rules are not hard and fast regarding the length of suspension, and it could be for less than the 10 games that are considered precedent.

When Peralta is suspended, the Rays are likely to send down a position player and call up another reliever. RHP Brandon Gomes is not eligible, since he has to stay in the minors for 10 days since he was last sent down, on Monday. The likely candidates are RHPs Dane De La Rosa and Josh Lueke, or LHP Alex Torres.

Also, Maddon said he "definitely" would use Peralta in tonight's game if the situation arose.

Posted by Marc Topkin at 6:21:33 pm on June 20, 2012