BRADENTON, Fla. -- Rays manager Joe Maddon gave reporters an update Friday on Fernando Rodney, who was hit by a line drive on his right forearm during Wednesday night's game against the Pirates.
Rodney's arm is "just sore and swollen, but fine," Maddon said. "[I] talked to [head athletic trainer] Ronnie [Porterfield] yesterday. [Rodney is] sore and swollen. He's going to be well. I don't know exactly when he's going to throw again, the schedule, but there was nothing wrong structurally. But he's fine."
Maddon said he would be surprised if the veteran reliever was not ready for Opening Day on April 6.
"[The injured spot] wasn't right on the right elbow, but it was really close to the elbow," Maddon said. "So I guess it hit part of his elbow. When I saw it, you could see that it was puffy. But this guy's got arms that are like calves, you know. That's why he was able to survive, because that ball was properly struck."
Some Rays catching up with spring at-bats
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Throughout Spring Training, the Rays have been concerned about getting their hitters the right number of at-bats prior to the start of the season.
In a perfect world, those at-bats are stacked mostly at the end of camp so the hitters would, in theory, be ready to begin the season on a roll.
When asked about where Tampa Bay stands in regard to its at-bats at this point of the spring, hitting coach Derek Shelton said the team is pretty much where it needs to be with most of the hitters.
"Yeah, I think we're short with a couple of guys," Shelton said. "But I think it's something we can make up the next week. We had some nagging injuries at the middle of camp. [Evan Longoria] started at the beginning of camp a little behind. We've been catching up during Minor League games, too."
Obviously, B.J. Upton's at-bats were down, and he will begin the regular season on the disabled list. In addition to Longoria, Luke Scott has been fighting to get enough at-bats.
"I think they both missed the first 10 days of the spring, and I think when you're talking middle-of-the-order bats missing that much time, so they're playing catch-up," Shelton said. "But we've been able to catch them up pretty well. So I think, as we said going in, the last week was what we thought was important as far as ramping up. So as long as they play this last week, we should be fine."
Shelton is a data junkie studying Spring Training at-bats and how to get the Rays' hitters going out of the gates for the regular season.
"It was one of the things I did this offseason in terms of trying to pay attention to what other teams have done that have been successful in the middle of April," Shelton said. "Spring Training stats don't matter that much -- it's just making sure that as we get closer to the season, our guys are ready."
Sleep doesn't get in Friedman's way with work
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Prior to the Rays' game against the Pirates on Friday, manager Joe Maddon talked about having conversations with executive vice president Andrew Friedman about possible player moves the team might make, referring to the "Andrew thing" for the way Friedman goes about his business.
When asked to describe the "Andrew thing," Maddon replied, "It's that rock that needs to be turned over. 'I'm going to wake up at 3 o'clock in the morning and have to jot something down on a pad before I forget it.' That's the Andrew thing."
A clarification followed: "That's him waking up, not me."
"He wakes himself up, or the thought wakes him up, then he rolls over and writes it down," Maddon said. "... I used to actually do this, back in the day when I was the roving honcho for the Angels. I would keep that little Dictaphone next to the bed if I had that little epiphany at 3 in the morning."
Rays place righty Bush on restricted list
BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Rays have placed Matt Bush on the restricted list, which means the right-hander is no longer active and is no longer on Tampa Bay's 40-man roster.
Bush was charged in Charlotte County with DUI and leaving the scene of a March 22 accident that caused serious bodily injury after he reportedly struck a 72-year-old motorcyclist, Anthony Tufano, who was driving home after babysitting his granddaughter.
Rays manager Joe Maddon called putting Bush on the restricted list a "procedural" matter.
"I stand by what I said before," Maddon said. "For us, he was a good kid, man, and a good teammate. It's a tragic moment. ... Beyond Matt, we're really concerned about Tony. So we hope that's all going to work out properly."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.