07/08/11 8:44 PM ET
Davis feeling good, will resume throwing soon
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
"Forearm's tight," Davis said. "Has a little strain in it. Everything's good."
Davis, 25, is 7-6 with a 4.25 ERA and started Wednesday at Minnesota, allowing three earned runs in five innings pitched. He is 3-1 with a 3.19 ERA in his last five starts. After Wednesday's start, Davis flew back to St. Petersburg to get examined by team doctors. On Friday, he caught a plane back to New York to re-join the team.
"I would say it's been fatigued more than bothering me," said Davis of his forearm.
Davis has not been able to throw his slider in his last two outings due to the problem.
"Not so much pain as cramp up every now and then, so I didn't throw any sliders the last few starts," Davis said. "It's just one of those things where it's better to be a little more cautious than to ride it out."
Davis plans to rest a few days then resume throwing during the All-Star break. If all goes well, he can come off the DL on July 22, which coincides with the Rays' eighth game after the break.
In the interim, the Rays will need a starter for their fifth game after the break. Rays manager Joe Maddon has already said that Alex Cobb is the most likely candidate to fill that assignment since he has done well in limited duty for the Rays this season.
Howell among three Rays fined by league
NEW YORK -- On July 1, Rays manager Joe Maddon, J.P. Howell, David Price and Elliot Johnson all got ejected in Tampa Bay's 5-3 loss to St. Louis.
On Friday, the players learned of their fate in the aftermath of their ejections.
Howell received a $1,000 fine, Price $500, and Johnson $300. Maddon said he did not know what his fine was yet, and noted that he was happy it all got wrapped up without any of his players receiving suspensions.
"Yeah, I never thought there would be a suspension involved," Maddon said. "Being demonstrative and throwing of equipment's never been something that you suspend for. So I thought [Howell] would get fined, and he did.
"So, yeah, it's good to get that wrapped up. You don't want to lose players. You don't want to plan for suspensions, etc. It's as expected. Once again, there's been some really good decision making there. We tend to be emotional, we do some things every now and then. But that's part of who are, too. And I think we have to be that way. I don't want to take the emotion away from these guys."
Howell threw his glove down prior to getting thrown out, but he never bumped or touched any of the umpires.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.