UPDATES & NEWS
Eli Manning (ankle) believes he will be on the field for the start of OTAs in two weeks.
Manning had ankle surgery and appears to have recovered well, if he is planning on participating in OTAs. He is off crutches and out of his walking boot, and has been running since the beginning of the month. ANALYST: Ivar G. Anderson
Manning is about five weeks removed from off-season ankle surgery. Manning said, "I already feel like I can go out there and do everything. Well still be smart about it these next few weeks and not overdo anything. But it feels like we made the right decision (on surgery) and well get out there for OTAs." 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