April 12, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Lobaton (21) hits a single during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
I'm not sure if this type of thing is documented, but it sure seems like the Rays have had more injuries to start this season than any before. Sam Fuld, B.J. Upton, Luke Scott, Kyle Farnsworth and now Jose Lobaton. We don't know the severity of Lobaton's shoulder. He said he experienced soreness and they're going to run more tests in Boston. If he were to go on the disabled list the Rays wouldn't have many answers in terms of a replacement.
The best bet, outside of acquiring someone totally new, is Nevin Ashley, a 28-year-old light hitting catcher with limited experience above Double-A. A call-up of Ashley would require a 40-man roster decision. The Rays have a few options, but the most likely would be placing Sam Fuld on the 60-day disabled list. Hopefully it doesn't come to this and Lobaton only has to miss a game or two at the most.
- Before the season started I had never heard of Valley Fever. Now I can't go a week without hearing of it. What is it and how dangerous has it become to major league players? Alex Remington takes a look.
- Our friend Tommy Rancel takes a look at what has always plagued Jeff Niemann. Pitches 1-75 = good, pitches 75+ = bad. It poses a concern for his long term effectiveness.
- Johnny Damon is going to be an Indian, signing a $1.25 million pro-rated contract. The deal could include an opt-out clause for when Grady Sizemore returns from the DL. He's going to play the field for the Indians. You all have fun with that.