UPDATES & NEWS
Closer Jonathan Papelbon is stricken with flu-like symptoms. "He's a little iffy" for Monday, Ryne Sandberg said.
While not overly impressive this season, Papelbon has racked up five saves in six chances. Papelbon had a spat with the media this past week over his velocity, but this is an entirely different matter that has nothing to do with pitch speed. Consider him day-to-day for now, but it is unlikely that he will miss any time.ANALYST: David Kerr
Rays designated P Grant Balfour for assignment.
There's no word as to why Balfour was DFA'd here as he's pitched pretty well so far, especially for a guy who had to leave the team during spring training to help take care of his ailing father. He did hit a bump in the road Saturday when he allowed three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, but before that, he had made five appearances, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits with no runs. The Rays will likely give some reason for the move, but look for Balfour to pick up with another team fairly quickly. Analysis: Howard Bender