As the All-Star Break winds down and the Tampa Bay Rays prepare for the start of the 10-game road trip beginning with the Blue Jays in Toronto, the team learned that short stop Yunel Escobar's hamstring injury might be more serious than expected and James Loney may miss a some time as he was placed on paternal leave.  Friday morning, Tampa Bay Times Marc Topkin, was on with 620 WDAE's Rick Stroud and

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and discussed the Rays sudden lineup shuffle to start the second half. 

"If Escobar can't play you could conceivably have a lineup with Sean Rodriguez at first, Ryan Roberts at second, and Ben Zobrist at short," Topkin said.   

As far as the rotation is concerned, the Rays are in very good shape.  Skipper Joe Maddon has set his second half rotation and the team feels very confident in what they're lining up for the road trip.  David Price will kick things off getting the start tonight against the Blue Jays followed by Jeremy Hellickson and Chris Archer to finish the trip in Toronto before Matt Moore starts things in Boston

"I think one things was to give Moore an extra day or two rest knowing he was going to pitch in the All-Star game," Topkin said regarding the rotation.  "As it turned out we saw he only threw nine pitches.  There was a possibility he was going to pitch a couple innings." 

For the entire conversation with Marc Topkin, click below!