Hobbled trio participates in pregame activities

Ramos could head to rehab assignment Sunday; Miller becomes eligible to rejoin Rays on Friday

Hobbled trio participates in pregame activities

ST. PETERSBURG -- Players on the Rays' disabled list were experiencing a bevy of activity prior to Tuesday night's Rays-Angels contest at Tropicana Field.

Catcher Wilson Ramos (recovery from torn ACL), second baseman Brad Miller (left abdomen strain), and Matt Duffy (recovery from Achilles surgery), were on the field participating in baseball activities.

Ramos donned catching equipment and threw to the bases, caught a bullpen, and took blocking drills. When he wasn't wearing the tools of ignorance, Ramos hit against the batting machine, peppering the outfield with line drives. He also took batting practice earlier in the week.

"I'm really happy for all I did today," Ramos said. "I'm getting closer. That's what I need to do. All those little things help me to stay strong and ready to do something else."

Earlier Ramos told reporters that he thought he would begin a rehab assignment around Sunday. He did not back away from that estimate, noting that he will likely head to the team's training facility in Port Charlotte to participate in some extended spring training games before transitioning into his rehab assignment. He thinks he could be with the Major League club by mid- to late-June.

That would be "pretty good for me, good for the team," Ramos said. "Now, I feel a lot better. I feel confident. I feel strong. That's what I want; I want to be behind the plate as soon as possible."

Miller took ground balls and told reporters he hoped to be back with the team by Friday, the first day he's eligible to come off the DL.

Miller's RBI single to right

"I don't want to miss any more time than I have to," Miller said.

However, Miller has yet to run. Rays manager Kevin Cash does not think Miller will be ready by Friday.

"I don't see how he could be," Cash said.

Duffy took ground balls and hit. He noted that his Achilles has felt much better, but added his big toe is irritated since he fouled a ball off it during live batting practice.

The toe "still bothers some things I'm doing," Duffy said. "The fear is I do something, and compensate for the toe hurting. That's one thing [head athletic trainer] Ron [Porterfield] said he doesn't mess with: big toe, little toe."

Duffy smiled when asked if he was frustrated by his situation.

"To say the least," Duffy said. "In Spring Training it was really frustrating, because I was really fighting to get ready for Opening Day. ... [Now] I can't really control where I'm at in terms of wanting it to be quicker. ... I don't like being on the DL at all."

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.