Rays lineup; More from Showalter on Lee, pitching

First, here is the Rays lineup that Brad Bergesen and Ryan Drese are going to have to contend with this afternoon Charlotte Sports Park. I gave the Orioles lineup earlier and it still doesn't include Derrek Lee.



Ben Zobrist, 2B

Johnny Damon, DH


Evan Longoria, 3B

Manny Ramirez, LF

Matt Joyce, RF

B.J. Upton, CF

Dan Johnson, 1B

Kelly Shoppach, C

Reid Brignac, SS

Jeff Niemann, SP


More on the Orioles, the list of pitchers from big league camp throwing in minor league games today is growing. It now includes Rick VandenHurk, Clay Rapada and Mark Hendrickson in addition to Adrian Rosario, Jeremy Accardo and Jim Johnson. This will mark back-to-back outings for both Rapada and Johnson.

By now, you've read that Derrek Lee, who was supposed to play for his second straight day, is dealing with a sore left foot after fouling a ball off it yesterday. Here is Showalter's direct quote on the situation:

"Derrek goes home last night and [head athletic trainer Richie Bancells] called me and said, 'We got a problem,'" Showalter said, this morning. "He said that [Lee] was fine when he left here but he was sitting in a chair or whatever and he said, 'Richie, this thing is killing me. [It] is throbbing, I don't know what's going on here. I've never had anything like this.' I'm [saying], 'perfect.' Anyway, it was a long night. He went to get an X-ray and the X-ray had said everything looked OK with the exception of one spot the guy was concerned with. He had an MRI this morning at 8 o'clock, and we just got the results back and that's clean. So we dodged a bullet there, it looks like."

Brian Roberts looked fine taking batting practice today so it will be interesting to see how that translates to the game. Roberts will get either two or three at-bats. Let's hope for no head-first slides.

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