7/25/2014 8:30 P.M. ET
Rays to host PLAY interactive fitness seminar
By David Adler / MLB.com
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays outfielder David DeJesus, head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield, the Tampa Bay training staff and members of the Taylor Hooton Foundation will help bring the National PLAY Campaign to Tropicana Field on Saturday.
PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) will run an interactive fitness seminar for kids ages 7 to 17 and their parents at The Trop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET.
The Rays, the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), the Taylor Hooton Foundation, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation and Major League Baseball Charities will combine to host the event.
DeJesus is a charter member of the Taylor Hooton Foundation Advisory Board of Major Leaguers.
Created in 2004, the National PLAY Campaign attempts to raise awareness about young people's health issues and help fight obesity in the United States. It teaches children about making smart life choices and living a more active and healthy lifestyle. Since the program's inception, PBATS has conducted more than 125 PLAY events at all 30 MLB ballparks.
The Taylor Hooton Foundation joined PLAY in 2008 to educate participants about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.
This year, PLAY partnered with The Arc -- the nation's largest community-based organization for serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities -- to help increase emphasis on youth with disabilities.
The children participating in MLB teams' PLAY events often include Boys & Girls Clubs, RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) programs and other local organizations.
Peralta improving after battling illness since break
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays reliever Joel Peralta is feeling better after dealing with an illness since returning from a trip home to the Dominican Republic during the All-Star break.
"I feel good now," Peralta said. "A couple of days ago I started feeling better, started doing some exercises."
Peralta, suffering from joint pain and a high fever, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, but manager Joe Maddon said he thinks Peralta will be ready to come off the DL when he is eligible on Monday.
"Peralta-itis is dissipating," Maddon said.
It was thought that Peralta might have contracted the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus while in his native country, although Peralta said Friday that he doesn't know if that was what he had.
"They ran a bunch of tests when I got back here in St. Petersburg a couple of days ago, and everything came out normal, really good," Peralta said. "So I'm not sure what it was.
"Nobody knows. I'm just glad that I'm healthy."
Peralta threw a bullpen session at Tropicana Field on Friday afternoon, and he will likely head to the Minors for a short rehab assignment over the weekend. Peralta said he needed to throw one or two innings to avoid going too long without facing live batters.
Myers takes first swings since injuring wrist
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays outfielder Wil Myers has started swinging a bat for the first time since fracturing his right wrist against the Red Sox in late May.
Myers took his first swings on Thursday, alternating sets between a "Shelty Stick," his bat and a lighter fungo bat.
On Friday, he hit off a tee for the first time, also with a fungo bat.
"When I first got my cast off, I could barely move my wrist, and now I was able to hit off the tee today with the fungo," Myers said. "Still has some soreness in it, but I guess that's to be expected right now."
He said the next step after hitting from a tee will be to take coach's batting practice, which will likely happen in four to five days.
"Wil's still a little bit sore, but he's making progress," manager Joe Maddon said.
Myers, who hasn't played since May 30, said he still thinks he is on track for a mid-August return if all goes well.
• Jerry Sands underwent successful season-ending surgery to repair a torn sheath in his left wrist on Tuesday. Sands said on Friday that he was looking at four months of recovery time after the procedure.
"I'm not gonna push it -- it's already gonna be the offseason," Sands said. "If I'm sore or something like that, I can ease off it a little bit, and just get right for next year."
• Maddon said on Friday that rehabbing catcher Ryan Hanigan, who is on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, is close to being able to return, but doesn't yet have a specific date targeted. Hanigan did some catching and baserunning drills Friday afternoon and caught Jake Odorizzi's bullpen session.
• Maddon said injured outfielder David DeJesus is also making progress. DeJesus was placed on the disabled list June 19 with an avulsion fracture in his left hand.
David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.