OAKLAND, Calif. — C Ryan Hanigan (left oblique strain) had his rehab assignment shut down Sunday after he felt soreness the day after serving as the DH for Class A Charlotte. He will rest for the remainder of the week before being re-evaluated.
In the meantime, Jose Molina will serve as the primary catcher, something the Rays hoped to avoid when they traded for Hanigan.
Monday was Molina’s 56th start this season behind the plate. He’s played in 63 games. He played in 96 last year, including 87 starts.
Maddon said rookie C Curt Casali will start tonight and Molina will catch Wednesday.
Maddon said he is concerned with overworking Molina, but added all these off days following the All-Star break have helped.
“Now, as we get to a more consistent schedule, I’m going to have to be very careful with that,” Maddon said.
RF Wil Myers (right wrist fracture) participated in batting practice Monday afternoon with the Gulf Coast League Rays. He also did drill work in the outfield.
Myers will take off today and repeat the workout Wednesday. He’s then expected to fly to Durham to begin working out with the Bulls.
LHP Erik Bedard and RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo were placed on released waivers and are expected to clear them today. They are expected to be released by the Rays. … Todd Kalas will fill in tonight for play-by-play man Dewayne Staats on the Rays telecast.