According to the St. Petersburg Times, Rays catcher Kelly Shoppach is considering having surgery on his right knee next week, a procedure that could keep him out of the lineup until the All-Star break.
Shoppach has been sidelined with what the Rays have labeled a sprain of the MCL, but upcoming tests might show the injury includes torn cartilage.
The team also has received bad news about outfielder Matt Joyce, who was recalled from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham because of lack of progress in recovery from an elbow problem. Joyce has been sidelined since spring training with a strain that prohibits him from throwing hard. He will return to St. Petersburg and continue his rehab at Tropicana Field.