Rays place LHP Howell on 15-day DL

The Tampa Bay Rays have finalized their opening day roster by

placing relief pitcher J.P. Howell on the 15-day disabled list and

purchasing the contract of reliever Juan Cruz from Triple-A

Durham.

Howell missed all of last season while recovering from left

shoulder surgery. He’s expected to be ready to return some time in

May.

Cruz, who was 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA in five appearances with

Kansas City last season, joins a bullpen that’s been rebuilt after

losing seven of the Rays’ top eight relievers from 2010.