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Peralta drops appeal

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 06:39 PM
PHILADELPHIA -

RHP Joel Peralta dropped his appeal Friday and began serving his eight-game suspension for having pine tar inside his glove, which was the second-busiest day in terms of player movement in team history.

The Rays made seven moves, second only to the 10 they made May 9, 2003.

Peralta's decision was based on a number of factors.

"(We) didn't feel confident that we would be able to get it reduced," executive vice president of baseball Andrew Friedman said. "And beyond that, I think it was kind of weighing on Joel, so the quicker we can get this behind us the better for everyone."

The other factor is RF Matt Joyce's sore left oblique, which sent him to the disabled list and enabled the Rays to recall RHP Brandon Gomes sooner than the mandatory 10-day waiting period after Gomes was sent to Triple-A Durham on June 18.

"I'm going to do whatever the team wants me to do, and I'm not going to even ask questions or anything," Peralta said. "They want me to do that, that's what's coming down. I'm OK with it."

Joyce to the DL

As expected, Joyce was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what is officially called a left external oblique strain.

"It's just a case where I felt it a little bit swinging and felt like if I really let it go in the game then we could really be a lot worse, I could hurt it a lot worse and I'd be out for six to eight weeks than to take two and really make sure it's good to go," Joyce said. "I really didn't plan on being on the DL and didn't think it was going to be that bad."

Joyce, who was injured Tuesday, is the 14th Rays player to land on the DL this season.

Down to 24

Peralta's suspension means the Rays are down to a 24-man roster, with a four-man bench. That's not ideal during this DH-less weekend in Philadelphia.

"It's a really big issue," manager Joe Maddon said. "It definitely handicaps you. It definitely alters the way you think. In some ways it may prohibit you from going for it earlier in a game, possibly, although I can't say I'm going to be that guy."

Maddon said he might be forced to use pitchers as pinch-hitters or pinch-runners in the later innings.

"Everything is possible right now," Maddon said. "The game gets into extra innings you might have utilized everything you got."

The other moves

IF Jeff Keppinger was activated from the disabled list and IF Brooks Conrad, claimed off waivers Thursday from Milwaukee, were added to the roster.

IF Drew Sutton was designated for assignment, and OF Rich Thompson was optioned to Durham.

Maddon said Conrad will play first base, second base and third base and also will be used as a pinch-hitter.

Injury updates

3B Evan Longoria will not participate in baseball-related activities until the team returns from this road trip. Friedman said Longoria's injured left hamstring will be re-evaluated then and the team will formulate a plan for getting him back on the field.

RHP Kyle Farnsworth is scheduled to pitch in back-to-back games Sunday and Monday for Class A Charlotte. He is on pace to join the Rays during the upcoming homestand.

Noteworthy

Two bus loads of 90-plus people from Maddon's hometown of Hazleton, Pa., will attend today's game. The tickets were provided by the Phillies with the proceeds going to the Maddon's Hazleton Integration Project. … The Rays moved 10 players on May 9, 2003. IF Felix Escalona, OF Jason Tyner, LHP John Rocker, IF Antonio Perez and LHP Jim Parque were added and SS Rey Ordoñez, RHP Steve Paris, RHP Victor Zambrano, OF George Lombard and 3B Chris Truby were subtracted.

Roger Mooney

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