Update II: Two hours later and here is what we know. It's not a matter of if Jason Bartlett will go on the DL, but when. If Joe Dillion can get to Cleveland in the next oh 45 minutes or so, then MVB will hit the DL and he will be activated. If not, MVB will remain on the active roster and Dillion added after the game. Either way we will be without Barlett for at least two weeks. Since Dillion is not on the 40-man roster a corresponding move has to be made, but transferring Akinori Iwamura to the 60-day DL will do the trick.
Pat Burrell is eligible to come off the DL today, but is still suffering from a stiff neck. Lancaster says Burrell won't test his neck again until Friday.
In other news, I have no idea who is going to get hurt tonight and subsequently put on the DL tomorrow. This is a little ridiculous.
Update: Lancaster with a report from the scene
Minor league infielder Joe Dillon was listed as a reserve on the lineup card originally posted in the Rays clubhouse, but that card has since been removed.
A new lineup card was posted shortly thereafter that listed neither Bartlett or Dillon as a reserve.
It is possible that Bartlett may remain on the active roster tonight, in part because the Rays aren’t sure when Dillon will arrive in Cleveland.
Bartlett was wearing an ankle brace as he moved around the clubhouse this afternoon, but declined to address his status with reporters until the team made an official announcement.
A source I spoke to said a DL situation is "likely."
Well the hits keep coming. A day after losing starting second basemen Akinori Iwamura for the year, the Rays are likely to be dealt another blow as Jason Bartlett is expected to hit the disabled list with an ankle injury. The injury didn't appear to be serious when it occured on Sunday, but the Rays will almost certainly be without the American League leader in average for at least the next two weeks.
Coming off a team "MVP" season, Bartlett was having an even more MVP-like season in 2009. His fourth among major league players in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) at 2.7. He also leads the league in batting average at .373 and boasted an overall slash line of .373/.418/.596. In just 44 games, Bartlett has set a new career high in homers for a season with seven. He has also driven in 30 runs and swiped 14 bags.
One of the key elements to the Matt Garza/Delmon Young trade, Bartlett was expected to bring his rangy short stop skills to the Rays in 2008. However, a knee sprain landed him on the DL for 21 days and Bartlett finished the season with career low 2.1 UZR. However, he has rebounded in 2009 and currently ranks fifth amongst AL short stops with a UZR of 1.9.
This is a huge blow to the Rays lineup as MVB was leading the Rays in OBP and wOBA. Defensively, the hurt will be just as significant if not more with the Rays now down both of their talented middle infielders; a tandem that was responsible for much of the Rays defensive success.
In Bartlett's place, Reid Brignac should get most of the starts including one tonight. This leaves Willy Aybar and Ben Zobrist to split the time at second base. I expect Zobrist will also get some time at short stop, but even I, a Zobrist fan, do not want to see that.
Joe Dillion will be called up to give the Rays an extra man on the bench, but I doubt will receive much playing time. In 122 career games, Dillion is a .257/.335/.374 hitter playing 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF. He was acquired from the A's in exchange for Adam Kennedy, and has made 12 appearances for the Durham Bulls.
Hide the women and children.