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Rays broadcaster Staats breaks ribs in boating accident

Published Jan. 28, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG — Dewayne Staats definitely didn't enjoy this outcome.

What was supposed to be a fun weekend getaway to the Bahamas turned into a painful experience for the Rays TV broadcaster, who sustained four broken ribs in a boating accident.

"If management would trust me to do a game on painkillers, I think I could do fine," Staats said Tuesday. "I'm doing pretty good, all things considered."

Staats, 62, and his wife, Carla, were visiting friends who have an oceanfront home on Green Turtle Cay on Jan. 17. They headed out for a ride on a 24-foot-or-so fishing boat and encountered unexpectedly rough seas.

Staats was sitting near the front when he got up to pick up the lid from a storage container just as the boat hit a big wave. He slammed his left side into the corner of the seating area.

"Just as I was reaching to grab it, the boat came up to meet me as the force took me down," he said.

There was no medical care available on the island, so Staats wasn't able to get X-rays or treatment until after returning to his Clearwater-area home two days later.

Though still sore and bruised, Staats said he will be fine for spring training work and regular-season broadcasts. "I'm grateful it wasn't any worse," he said. "Another 8-10 inches and it could be your neck, and you have a lot more serious injury."

MOORE PROGRESS: LHP Matt Moore reached the next significant milestone in his recovery from Tommy John surgery Tuesday, throwing off the mound for the first time.

Moore made 15 throws from about halfway up the bullpen mound at the Trop and said it couldn't have gone better.

"It felt pretty good," he said. "I've done a lot of dry reps and a lot of towel stuff (where he goes through his pitching motion with a towel in his hand rather than a ball). To feel on line going toward home plate and getting on the hill, it was good to have that feeling."

Moore, 25, is targeting a return to the Rays rotation sometime in June. He had the surgery April 22 after leaving his second start with elbow discomfort.

The rehab process can be a grind, but Moore said he is doing well mentally and physically.

"I would have thought a while ago I would have been nervous, but I was looking forward to it," Moore said. "And I felt like I had a lot more that could have come out. That's a feeling I've had the last month or so, and that's a feeling I like to have. I think we're in a good spot right now."

HAIR TODAY: The Rays will continue their now annual spring tradition of shaving their heads as part of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's Cut for a Cure program, targeting the March 6 game in Port Charlotte. Fans can make a $10 donation by texting "PCF" to 20222 or visiting pcfcutforacure.org. They can have their heads shaved and get a T-shirt with a $100 donation.

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O'S ADD BAT: The Orioles acquired OF Travis Snider from the Pirates for LHP prospect Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named. Snider batted .264 with a .338 on-base percentage and a .438 slugging percentage in 140 games last season.

RED SOX-RANGERS TRADE: Texas acquired RHP Anthony Ranaudo, a rookie last season who went 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA in seven starts, from Boston for LH reliever Robbie Ross, who is 13-8 with a 3.98 ERA in 150 games the past three years.

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ROYALS: OF Jarrod Dyson avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract for $1,225,000.

Information from Times wires was used in this report. Contact Marc Topkin at mtopkin@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Rays.

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