Rays place LHP Howell on 15-day DL

BY foxsports • March 31, 2011

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.

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