UPDATES & NEWS
Update: Michael Pineda's MRI shows strain of teres major muscle in his back between shoulder and lat.
Pineda will be further examined by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, but it is safe to say Pineda will not be ready to return once his 10 game suspension is up as the expected timetable of recovery for this type of Grade One injury is 3-4 weeks.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
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