Apr 20, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar (11) celebrates with manager Joe Maddon (70) after they beat the Oakland Athletics at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Oakland Athletics 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rays Notes: Escobar Set to Return, Zobrist Playing Shortstop, Yet Another Drug Suspension

Rays fans have learned to hate hamstring injuries. After Evan Longoria and Luke Scott have dealt with such injuries the past couple of years, it was disheartening when Yunel Escobar went down with such an injury on Wednesday. However, it appears that Escobar will be fine. Roger Mooney sent out this encouraging tweet.

Escobar seems to finally be breaking out of his tough start, and hopefully he can get back in the lineup today and continue helping the Rays win games.

With Escobar out, Ben Zobrist has played shortstop for the Rays the past couple of days. Why not Sean Rodriguez? Joe Maddon told this to reporters:

At the end of last season we all thought that Ben did a nice job and we all wanted to stay with that,” Maddon said. “Sean’s doing a nice job in the other role we put him in, so I don’t want to mess that up now.”

With Rodriguez on fire at the plate, no point disrupting that. Rodriguez didn’t a great job on the whole at shortstop last season while Zobrist did OK, and that may have been a factor, but the bottom line is that if Rodriguez was at shortstop, he would still have to play first base every few days and make things quite crazy. Nice to just keep things simple and it’s great that the Rays have a ready-made option to replace Escobar in Zobrist.

In 2012, the Rays organization had six suspensions for drugs, six for performance enhancers and two for drugs of abuse. Now they already have two. After Cody Rogers was suspended for refusing to take a test, Marc Topkin tweeted that outfielder Jose Disla has been suspended for Metabolites of Stanozolol and Nandrolone. Disla is a 17 year old outfielder in the Dominican Summer League yet to play a pro game, but it’s still disheartening that there has been yet another suspension. Hopefully the Rays can address this problem as soon as possible.

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