Sep 30, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore in the first inning of game one of the 2011 ALDS against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

Rays News and Notes: Moore Limited with Abdominal Strain

We learned today that Matt Moore has a mild abdominal strain that has been bothering him since Friday. The strain caused Moore to miss his live batting practice session today.

There was some good news, as ESPN.com’s Buster Olney says Moore took part in fielding drills, so it must not be that serious. The hope is that he will make his next scheduled session on Wednesday, which would put him back on track for Spring Training games.

Rays News and Notes

  • Marc Topkin is reporting that David Price will get the start in Saturday’s spring opener against the Twins. He also says the Rays will go with a six man rotation this spring, going with Price, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore, Wade Davis, and Jeff Niemann. Starters Alex Cobb and Alex Torres will also have to be worked in there in some way.
  • Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times takes a look at some of the Rays backup catching options. Chris Gimenez appears to be getting more attention than we expected, and he may work his way onto the Opening Day roster.
  • TBO.com takes a look at Evan Longoria’s new-found celebrity in New York since his game 162 knockout punch.
  • Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune takes a look at the Matt Garza trade and how it impacted the Cubs and Rays. This article clearly has a Cubs spin, but it is always fun to look back at this steal of a trade.
  • ESPN.com‘s Jayson Stark hypes up the Rays rotation. He is one of the first nationally recognized baseball writers to write a big article praising the Rays rotation. There have been many who have written short snippets, but Stark gives props to the Rays rotation like nobody else has.
  • Finally, yesterday we learned that the Rays will not ban beer in the clubhouse as the Red Sox did. The question had to come up, considering Bobby Valentine’s recent comments, but the Rays have never had issues with beer in the clubhouse as the Red Sox did, so there is no need for the Rays to ban it. The Rays seem to be a pretty responsible bunch, and we would like to think they would never go overboard.

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