A shoulder injury will keep Riggans out for another month or more. (Photo By Dennis Adair)
After meeting with Rays Medical director Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., The Rays announced that while Shawn Riggans's bum shoulder won't require surgery, he will be sidelined for at least the next three weeks and would need to start another rehab assignment before rejoinging the team. If everything goes well this time, Riggans would return in mid-June.
It's just another set back for the oft-injured 28 year-old back up catcher, who played in a career high 44 games last year before a staph infection cut his season short in September. He appeared in just one game for the Rays this season and has one hit, a solo home run. For now the Rays will go with Michel Hernandez behind Dioner Navarro, but if Riggans has another set back the Rays may start to inquire about other possible options, if they haven't already. Keep an eye on Greg Zaun and maybe Henry Blanco in the next few weeks.