On playing for the Rays instead of facing them: “It’s going to be a joy. Not having to face that pitching staff is going to be a relief. They have tremendous arms in their rotation and in their bullpen, and I know every day we faced the Rays when I was with Baltimore, you really had to bear down and not miss their mistakes -- if you got one on that day. It was very tough to make a living against that pitching staff.”
On his recovery from from his shoulder injury: “I’ve got full range of motion. My strength is really coming back very quickly. I’m a little bit ahead of schedule. I’ve still got to maintain my exercises and do what’s on the program and not get too far ahead of myself. I feel great. I’m out here in Oklahoma right now training with my physical therapist. … I don’t see why I shouldn’t be ready for Opening Day.
On his low batting average at Tropicana Field (.202 in 30 games): “I would say a lot of it has to do with that pitching staff. They are very stingy. It’s been slim pickings. You come into the Trop as a visiting player on their home turf, and they’re really tough. It’s hard to make a living when they’re not giving you much to hit.”