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Former Rays All-Star Dioner Navarro returning to field with independent league team

Dioner Navarro was a big part of the Rays breakthrough teams. [Times files 2010}
Published Jun. 30, 2018
Updated Jul. 1, 2018

Former Rays All-Star C Dioner Navarro is planning to resume his playing career this month with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.

Navarro, 34, last played in the majors in 2016 with the White Sox and Blue Jays. He took last year and the first part of this year to help care for his wife, Sherley, who has been dealing with significant health issues at their Tampa area-home.

But Navarro, appearing at Tropicana Field Saturday as part of the Rays' 20th anniversary celebration, indicated things have stabilized enough for him to resume his career at the end of July.

Navarro spent 2006-10 with the Rays as a key part of their breakthrough teams, earning selection to the 2008 AL All-Star team. He then bounced from the Dodgers to the Reds to the Cubs to the Blue Jays and White Sox.