Former Biscuits center fielder Fernando Perez, after a second exam on his broken wrist revealed further damage, will now miss 4-5 months, the Rays told the beat writers today. Perez went to Arizona for a second opinion on the wrist he broke diving for a ball March 10. He could miss the entire season.
Since B.J. Upton won't be ready for Opening Day after offseason shoulder surgery, it's likely Justin Ruggiano starts the season in the major leagues, which means Rashad Eldridge should open the year in Durham. After that, there's no obvious choice for Montgomery's center fielder.