Pham (shoulder) will start in left field and hit second in Monday's spring game against the Pirates, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports. Pham was limited to DH duty for most of the last couple weeks because of a sore shoulder, but he is ready to resume playing the outfield, which is an indication he has all but put his injury behind him. He will have just over a week of spring games to get his legs back under him in the outfield, which should be plenty of time to get to 100 percent by Opening Day.
Pham (shoulder) is in the lineup for Sunday's spring game against the Red Sox, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports. Pham will serve as the Rays' designated hitter Sunday for the fourth straight day, so it's clear his shoulder is feeling much better than it did a week or two ago. Pham is expected to play the outfield Monday, and if he does that as planned and avoids any setbacks over the next couple days, he will be on track to play his regular role come Opening Day.
Pham (shoulder) is in the lineup for Saturday's spring game against the Twins, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Pham will continue serving as the designated hitter, but he will be in the lineup for the third straight day, a sign he is moving past his shoulder injury. Pham, who went 2-for-3 in Friday's exhibition contest, will hit second in the Rays' batting order in Saturday's game.
Pham (shoulder) is in the lineup for Friday's split-squad game against the Tigers, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Friday's contest will mark the third straight game Pham has appeared in, and the first time he has seen action on consecutive days in just over a week. He's not expected to play the field until sometime next week, but he is on pace to be available for Opening Day. What type of role he opens the season in will depend on how much work he can get in in the outfield over the final couple weeks of the exhibition season.
Pham (shoulder) threw long toss prior to Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports. Pham is serving as the Rays' designated hitter for Thursday's contest while he continues to manage shoulder soreness, but his activity beforehand suggests a return to his normal role in the outfield could be imminent. Manager Kevin Cash noted that the Rays are hopeful Pham will be ready to play the field by next week, which would clear up any concern about his ability to handle a full-time role on defense once the regular season arrives.