Shockingly, Tampa Bay owns the best record in baseball today (tied with the Chicago Cubs). Let's see where the Rays are in two weeks, now that closer Troy Percival has gone to the disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
And let's see how long Percival can stay healthy when he does return.
"I was down there a couple of weeks ago, and everyone was saying it was just a matter of time (before he got hurt)," one American League scout said this week. "People were betting he wouldn't last half a season."
It's amazing that Percival is still pitching at all. His career was supposed to be over in 2005, when the muscle in his right forearm tore away from the bone. Anyone who saw his aborted comeback attempt with the Tigers in spring training 2006 would have believed he was done.
For now, it's only his hamstring that's hurting, and the Rays are saying that the injury is "not anything significant." Not surprisingly, Percival didn't want to go on the DL.
He wants to pitch. We know that. We also know that he knows how to win, and that he's a big part of what the Rays have done so far. Now they'll have to go on without him, for two weeks.
For two weeks this time, that is.