Tag:Cliff Floyd
Posted on: October 26, 2008 8:02 pm

Hinske in, Floyd out for Rays

PHILADELPHIA -- Tampa Bay removed outfielder/designated hitter Cliff Floyd from its roster and added Eric Hinske before Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night.

Floyd hurt his shoulder diving back into the base in the fourth inning of Game 2 and it's been bothering him ever since.

"It was kind of a concern to us last night (in Game 2)," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We had it all checked out, and thus he's not able to participate. So we've had Eric with us for awhile. Eric has been working first base, third base, left field, right field and pinch-hitter."

Hinske was on the Rays' divisional series roster against the Chicago White Sox, but they removed him for the American League Championship Series against Boston when they went with an extra pitcher and one less bench player.

"He did a great job for us this year," Maddon said. "Look at his numbers -- 20 homers, I think he had 10 stolen bases, played a variety of positions defensively for us."

Hinske hit .247 with 20 homers and 60 RBI for the Rays this season. They added both him and Floyd before the season in hopes that their veteran experience would help the younger players grow and mature. The moves worked wonders.

"We hate losing Cliff," Maddon said. "Cliff has been a big part of what we're doing. He's still going to be here, but (Hinske) has been ready, so we're going to flip him through there and use him in those different roles."

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