FORT MYERS – X-rays of LHP Matt Moore’s jaw Monday afternoon were negative. He had a light workout and is not expected to miss a start.
“Good to go!” Moore wrote in a text to The Tampa Tribune.
He added he will get his stitches out Wednesday or Thursday.
“No pains. No headaches. No dizziness. None of that, so we may have escaped a pretty difficult moment there,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Joyce at the top?
OF Matt Joyce was scheduled to bat leadoff Monday against the Twins in Fort Myers as Maddon tried to set a lineup that he could use during the regular season.
Maddon said he will experiment with the left-handed Joyce at the top of the order against certain right-handers. OF David DeJesus will also hit bat leadoff against righties.
“Either one could be the guy,” Maddon said. “I just like the idea of seeing where Matty’s at right now. More than likely if this were Opening Day you’d see DeJesus there and not Matty. Joyce, it’s not out of the question for him to hit leadoff. More than likely he’s not going to be there, but to say he’s going to be there is possible.”
The batting order for the game that was rained out looked like this: Joyce, DeJesus, Ben Zobrist, James Loney, Wilson Betemit, Desmond Jennings, Logan Forsythe, Jose Molina and Yunel Escobar.
Keep in mind that Evan Longoria and Wil Myers had the day off. Their inclusion in the lineup would move others around.
Maddon said a decision on the bench players could come as early as today, though he said that before Monday’s game was rained out.
INF Jayson Nix, OF Brandon Guyer, Forsythe and Betemit are competing for two spots. Guyer is out of options. Forsythe has an option remaining. Nix and Betemit are on minor league contracts.
“We haven’t concluded anything,” Maddon said. “This one is not easy.”
LHP Erik Bedard, who was told Saturday he would not make the Opening Day rotation, is due a $100,000 retention bonus today if they do not receive a binding promise to be added to the 25-man roster or the team’s major league disabled list five days before the start of the season.
Bedard was given permission by the Rays to look for a job with another team, and according to his agent, Bedard will use the opt-out clause in the minor league contract he signed with the Rays the day camp opened.
Maddon reiterated Monday that the Rays would like for Bedard to accept his assignment to Triple A Durham. With RHP Alex Colome set to serve a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance enhancing drug, the Rays could use another experienced starter at Durham to add depth to the rotation.
“As of now we consider him a Ray,” Maddon said.
RHP Chris Archer, scheduled to throw seven innings/100 pitches Monday, pitched in the indoor batting cage back at Charlotte Sports Park after the game was rained out ... SS Hak-Ju Lee will miss three to four weeks after an MRI revealed a left calf strain. The Rays say the injury is not related to the left knee injury that forced Lee to miss most of the 2013 season ... Sunday’s victory against the Red Sox was the Rays 15th of the spring. It was the sixth time in the seven years since the team changed their name to the “Rays” that they’ve won at least 15 games. They did not reach the 15-win plateau as the Devil Rays ... Joan Jett and the Blackharts will play a post-game concert July 12 at Tropicana Field.