Bruce in, Gomes returns to TB
It might be hot and muggy outside….and I really mean muggy…but we are indoors at Tropicana Field. This might be 11th season on a team beat, but this is my first ever visit inside this particular venue.
I’m curious to see how often the infamous catwalks come into play here. I’m just thankful that it will be comfortable and there is a guarantee of no rain delays.
Reds lineup vs. Rays
*Catcher Ryan Hanigan is out for the second-straight game, one that he might have caught with Leake on the mound. He’s been bothered by a back strain for about a week.
“We’re doing what we can to let it calm down,” Hanigan said. “It’s spasming. I could play if I had to. We’re letting it cool down because it hasn’t been getting better.”
*Jay Bruce is back in the lineup after being sick yesterday. Bruce was given some antibiotics but there was no real explanation of the illness he had. Whatever it was, it seems to have passed.
“I’m a little tired but I feel good today,” Bruce said.