Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Corcoran waived by Rays, will miss opener

Biscuits pitcher Tim Corcoran was waived by the Devil Rays today and won't be available for Game 1 of the Southern League championship series.

Tampa Bay pulled Corcoran off the 40-man roster to promote catcher Raul Casanova from Durham.

The three-day waiver window ends Thursday and Corcoran -- if no other team claims him -- will rejoin the Biscuits for Game 2 of the championship series with Huntsville.

"They asked if I would sign back to play in the playoffs," Corcoran said. "Of course, that's what I'm going to do. I'm not going to sit there and wait 10 days and let the season be over with."

The Devil Rays needed to add a catcher because regular starter Dioner Navarro is nursing a hurt wrist. Josh Paul has been suffering from a sore back.

Corcoran was with Tampa Bay until an elbow injury in June, joined the Biscuits on a rehab assignment in July and was assigned to Montgomery when the rehab ended in August.

"They did what they thought best on their side of things," Corcoran said. "That's just the business of baseball. I appreciate what they've given me -- a chance to prove myself. The Devil Rays gave me a chance to play and I appreciate that."

Corcoran was 2-1 with three saves, a 3.44 ERA and a .188 average against in the regular season with Montgomery. He threw three shutout innings and picked up a save during the Biscuits' playoff series win over Mississippi.

The Biscuits aren't losing a player to Durham to fill Casanova's roster spot at Durham, Biscuits manager Billy Gardner said.


Vol Paul said...

This doesn't surprise me that Tampa Bay would take such action. Despite the wonderful performance of their farm system, the parent club is run like Sam Drucker's General Store on the old Green Acres TV show. Corcoran is class, and, much like the release of Chris Seddon earlier in the year under similar circumstances, he will land on his feet.

Bubba-36109 said...

What is the status of Corcoran?