Sunday, October 26, 2008

Floyd out; Hinske added to roster

PHILADELPHIA – Eric Hinske was added to the Rays roster Sunday afternoon prior to Game 4 of the World Series.

He replaces Cliff Floyd, who injured his right shoulder in Game 2.

“We tried to get (Floyd) through (Saturday),” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “He was available. He isn’t (Sunday).”

Hinske, who was taken off the roster after the American League Division Series, has not appeared in a game during this postseason. He remained sharp by taking his regular spot in batting practice.

“I haven’t had an at-bat in three weeks. If I get in there I’ll swing,” Hinske said.

Floyd told Hinske on Saturday that there was a good chance he might not be able to finish the series. Maddon told Hinske to be sure to take ground balls at first and third base during batting practice, since he could be used there as well as the corner spots in the outfield.

“It’s bitter sweet,” Hinske said. “You don’t want to see a teammate get hurt, but yeah, I’m excited to be active and to help any way I can.”

Hinske’s immediate role would be as a pinch-hitter, Maddon said, adding that he doesn’t see using Hinske as the designated hitter should the series return to Tropicana Field.

Hinske said it was tough to remain sharp during the ALCS and the first three games of the World Series.

“Kind of. You know you have no chance of getting in that game that day, but you got to be professional about the situation. There’s always a chance like right now,” he said.

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