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• Juan Carlos Oviedo is coming along nicely, which should give the bullpen a boost when the veteran right-hander finally arrives. When asked when Oviedo might join the team, Maddon said, "About a week is about what I'm hearing."

Cesar Ramos, who took the loss against the Reds Sunday, will be the Rays' starter Friday night against the Yankees. After Sunday's game, Maddon would not divulge whether Ramos would make his next start.

Joel Peralta remains weak after suffering from flu-like symptoms over the weekend. Maddon would like to get Peralta some work in the earlier innings of the game to let him get back in the groove rather than immediately throwing him back into late-inning situations.

Jeremy Hellickson will throw off a mound for the first time Tuesday since having surgery to remove "loose bodies" from his right elbow in January.

Matt Moore played catch with Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield on Monday. The left-hander's status for the remainder of the season is still in question after he went on the disabled list on Tuesday due to pain in his left elbow that he experienced after throwing a changeup in his April 7 start against the Royals.

"He threw and [Porterfield] said he threw OK, so I'm waiting to hear what the final analysis is," Maddon said. "Ronnie said he turned it loose a little bit, too. ... The word pain was not used. Ronnie said he actually threw the ball pretty well."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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