Fernando Rodney is 14-for-14 in save opportunities this year and is one of only three pitchers in baseball with double-digit saves and no blown saves, along with Baltimore's Jim Johnson (16-for-16) and Philadelphia's Jonathan Papelbon (13-for-13). At 14 saves, Rodney stands two saves shy of the club record of consecutive saves to start a season shared by Rafael Soriano (2010) and Al Reyes ('07).
Desmond Jennings (left knee) is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Sunday, when the Rays play the Red Sox in Boston. But the left fielder said he will not be on the trip.
"I probably need some at-bats before I play," Jennings said. "... I haven't really talked about [when or where he will begin playing again], it should be soon, should be playing somewhere."
Jennings said his knee feels good.
"I mean, it doesn't feel like it did before I hurt it," Jennings said. "Yesterday it probably felt the best it's felt, and then today it felt good, too."
Outfielder Sam Fuld (wrist surgery) visited the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday and reported back Wednesday that his recovery was "at worst, in line with what we thought, maybe even a little bit ahead of schedule." Fuld will continue strengthening exercises for the next few weeks and likely begin a hitting program in early to mid-June. He hopes to return in mid-August, if not sooner.
Don't expect to see Fuld in the broadcast booth in the meantime, though. He said his special sabermetrics-themed telecast Sunday with Dewayne Staats and Brian Anderson was a "one-and-done," and he gained a new appreciation for how difficult it is to call a game.
Infielder Drew Sutton, acquired Monday in a trade with the Pirates, started Wednesday's game in the cleanup spot. Sutton had never started anywhere between third and fifth in a Major League game, and he laughed that him batting cleanup was probably more of a stretch than Carlos Pena hitting leadoff in Joe Maddon's latest lineup twist.
"When I saw Pena was hitting leadoff, I knew [Maddon] liked to mix things around," Sutton said. "I didn't see myself hitting fourth in that mix-around. We'll see what happens."