Rays Notes: Ex-Rays, Minors Injuries, Stadium Situation

By Robbie Knopf

Ex-Rays did not have a great day on Monday. Carl Crawford, now with the Red Sox, will have season-ending Tommy John Surgery that will sideline him until at least late-March of 2013. Crawford is technically the enemy now, but it was nice to see him show flashes of his former self in his brief time this season for the Red Sox, posting a .282/.306/.479 line with 10 doubles, 3 homers, 19 RBI, and 5 of 5 stolen bases. Good luck to Carl in his recovery.

Another former Ray, shortstop Jason Bartlett, has been released by the San Diego Padres. Bartlett, 32, has not played since May 14th after suffering a knee injury. Bartlett posted just a .133/.240/.193 line in just 98 plate appearances across 29 games before getting hurt. Look out later today on RCG for an article about whether it makes sense for the Rays to bring back Bartlett.

Bad news on the injury front in the minor leagues for the Rays, specifically for the Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods.

Trevor Shull‘s injury occurred while throwing a pitch while Goeddel‘s happened when he was hit on the hand by a pitch. Shull, who recently turned 22 years old, was a 19th round pick by the Rays back in 2008. The right-handed pitcher has gone 5-7 with a 5.05 ERA in 28 appearances, 13 starts, spanning 82 innings for the Hot Rods this season. Goeddel, meanwhile, was the 41st overall pick by the Rays in the 2011 MLB Draft. The 19 year old third baseman has posted a .245/.334/.371 line at Bowling Green with 19 doubles, 6 homers, 45 RBI, and 29 of 34 stolen bases. The Rays have to hope that Shull and Goeddel will check out OK.

And finally, the TB Times reported on Monday afternoon that the City of St. Petersburg has officially invited the Rays to a presentation by the developer Cityscape pitching a plan to build a new Rays Stadium in the Carillon Business Park in St. Petersburg. The St. Pete has also agreed to amend the team’s contract with the city to free them up to negotiate with Cityscape or other developers- as long as the discussed land lies within the boundaries of St. Petersburg. The Rays have always wanted freedom to pursue sites throughout the Tampa Bay area and consider all their options before negotiating a possible new stadium. The Rays declined to comment on whether they would attend the presentation, and we’ll have to see whether this develops into anything significant.