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Sonnanstine is the odd man out

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 12:27 AM
ST. PETERSBURG -

LHP Scott Kazmir is back in the rotation, RHP Chad Bradford is back in the bullpen and RHP Andy Sonnanstine, a mainstay in the rotation since the start of last season, is being sent down to Triple-A Durham.

The Rays waited until almost 11 p.m. Friday to announce their much-anticipated moves, which also included designating RHP Winston Abreu for assignment. Manager Joe Maddon's office door was still closed late Friday.

Kazmir, on the disabled list for more than a month to get his mechanics straightened out, will pitch tonight against the Marlins. LHP David Price will pitch as scheduled Sunday, and RHP Jeff Niemann, who was supposed to pitch tonight, will take his turn Monday at Toronto.

Bradford, who has been rehabbing in the minors after having arthroscopic elbow surgery in February, joined the team Friday night but had not been added to the 25-man roster before the game.

Even with the bullpen pitching well of late - to an ERA of 1.13 since June 8 entering Friday - Bradford's return is a boon. The submarine-style pitcher had a 1.42 ERA in his two months with the Rays last year and led the AL in ground ball-to fly ball ratio.

Brief absence

3B Evan Longoria was back in lineup Friday after getting a night off to rest his tender left hamstring.

After missing six starts early this month with tightness in the hamstring, he tweaked it while running out a double Wednesday night against the Phillies and left the game early.

"He came in today and was adamant he felt good enough to play," Maddon said.

Can't review that

The umpiring crew Thursday night should not have reviewed DH Pat Burrell's ground-rule double in the seventh inning, Major League Baseball said Friday.

The Rays were leading Philly 10-4 with two outs when Burrell, with Carl Crawford at first, hit a ball to left-center that bounced into the stands. Crawford rounded third and headed home.

The umpires checked to see whether a fan touched the ball as it hopped up, in which case they could have ruled interference and awarded Crawford home plate. Replays showed the ball cleared the wall cleanly.

High school coach?

RHP Jason Isringhausen made an appearance in the clubhouse Thursday and sounded less certain about whether he'll try to pitch again than his agent, Dan Horwits, did last week.

Isringhausen suffered a season-ending tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow June 13 and underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday. He faces about a year of rehab.

The former elite closer with the Cardinals and A's is 36 years old and has had 10 operations. He said he would have had the surgery regardless of whether he planned to pitch again, "just to be normal again and play catch with my kids."

Isringhausen said he'll see how rehab goes, and if he doesn't come back, he might become baseball coach at a Catholic high school he's helping open outside St. Louis.

Tony Fabrizio

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