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The Rays Tank: Roster Shuffle Edition

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March 25, 2012; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Luke Scott (30) in the dugout during their spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
March 25, 2012; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Luke Scott (30) in the dugout during their spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Everyone loves to rosterbate. It's a cathartic exercise. With B.J. Upton and Sam Fuld headed for the disabled list, now is as good of a time as any to guess at their replacement. I say replacement, singular, because Elliott Johnson is making the team. Like him or not, he can play the infield and outfield, something the Rays covet in a reserve, so he's not going anywhere. That leaves three outfielders for one spot: Brandon Guyer, Jesus Feliciano and Jeff Salazar.

Guyer would seem to have the inside track, having experience with the organization at the major league level and having the far superior numbers overall. However, whoever is selected isn't automatically slotted into the starting left field position, which may work against Brandon Guyer if the team wants him to play every day to start the season. The Rays have the luxury of putting Zobrist in left and allowing Jeff Keppinger and Elliott Johnson to share time at second. In a pinch Johnson could even fill in at an outfield position if need be. Who do you think should get the nod? Who do you think will get it?

Injury Corner:

Fernando Rodney was struck in the right forearm by a line drive from the Pirates' Alex Presley. He's at least the third Rays' pitcher to be struck by a liner this spring. What the H is going on? The x-rays were negative, he'll just be sore for a few days.

  • The top 500 player countdown continues at ESPN, this time with numbers 100-51. Zobrist is 97th, Matt Moore(!) 55th and James Shields 54th.
  • An archived piece by Nate Silver? He defends Jeffery Loria, which isn't an easy thing to do, being the awful person that he is.
  • Jeff Samardzija is going to be the number three starter for the Cubs. That's...interesting.