SP Scott Kazmir and RP Troy Percival were both placed on the 15 day DL Friday. Kaz was shelved for a strained right quad due to poor mechanics. Percy was placed for right shoulder tendonitis. Kaz will continue to throw off flat ground and does not expect to be out long. Percival was frustrated and flew home to be with his family and discuss his future. Called up were IF Reid Brignac and RP Dale Thayer.
Interesting situation wouldn’t you say? Love this move by the Rays – this needed to happen! Kazmir was losing confidence by the bucket. Kazmir hopefully will be talking to the sports psychologist during his time off and getting his head together before his return!
Percy may be done. My thought is the Rays may have pulled him and his 6.35 ERA aside after his awful performance last night and told him he has reached the end. They may have given him the choice of DFA, retirement or coaching. My hope is he will stick around to coach if he was given that option. He is a fiery competitor with a lot of heart, the body is just no longer able. He has a lot to teach our young pitchers.
An interesting call up of Brignac as well and no SP yet. A few thoughts on this, Maybe the release of one of the Gabe’s thus allowing Ben Zobrist more playing time, he’s earned it. In that case they would need an additional backup infielder. Or maybe a trade of Akinori Iwamura is looming to gain a SP. Aki is due a new contract and if the Rays don’t think they can afford him for the right price they may deal.
Kaz would not be due to pitch again until Monday so hang on to your hats kids, the moves are not finished! Price? Davis?