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Notes: Team reacts to suspension

Notes: Team reacts to suspension

BALTIMORE -- Collectively, the Devil Rays' clubhouse seemed stunned about Monday's news that reliever Juan Salas had received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

"I was kind of shocked," Ty Wigginton said. "Hopefully, he puts it behind him and when he comes back he can move on."

Asked about the length of the suspension, Wigginton agreed that Salas received a harsh penalty.

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"Obviously, we're all well aware of all the rules and all of that," Wigginton said. "And when you break them, you have to pay the consequences. You make a choice. I guess the way we'll look at it almost like an injury. He's gone, like he's hurt."

Tim Corcoran was the pitcher brought in to replace Salas on the roster.

"Yeah, [I'm surprised]," Corcoran said. "You don't ever think about that, somebody you know is going to get caught or anything like that. I can't control any of that. And I don't know the whole story, and all that, so I'll just do what I can. Look at it as an opportunity."

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he was surprised as well, but added: "We absolutely support Major League Baseball's policies in that regard."

"We also support Juan, make sure he's informed and that it never happens again," Maddon said. "Just get him back in the mix, when the appropriate time comes."

Maddon did not have a chance to visit with Salas before Salas returned to his native Dominican Republic, where he is expected to spend approximately a week before returning to stay in shape in St. Petersburg. Maddon said it was his understanding that Salas will be allowed to participate in games where there is no charge for admission, such as extended Spring Training games.

"So, we're going to be able to keep his arm healthy and well," Maddon said. "When he gets back we'll try and figure out the appropriate way to get this done, and that is just to keep his arm throwing. Keep him in physical shape."

Corcoran and Orvella return: Right-handers Corcoran and Chad Orvella were recalled from Triple-A Durham to replace right-handers Salas and Ruddy Lugo, who was optioned to Durham after Sunday's game. Both pitchers finished the season with the Rays in 2006, but neither made the club out of Spring Training this season.

Orvella, 26, pitched in 12 games at Durham, posting a 1-0 record with five saves and a 2.76 ERA.

"I think one of the main things they sent me down for is I need to be able to pitch back-to-back days and be effective," Orvella said. "At the time, it was hard to grasp. But as I went down there and pitched back-to-back games, from the first to second time pitching back-to-back games, there was a difference. I'm just being more consistent."

Corcoran, 29, was 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 10 relief appearances. He said he hasn't change much about the way he pitches.

"Pretty much same old, same old," Corcoran said. "Just get it and go after them. Just attack them. I feel good. My arm feels pretty good. I just want to go out there and win. Boys up here are hitting the ball. I think both of us can help us win. ... Kind of the same thing as last year, if they're swinging the bat that means you're not walking them. And you're giving yourself and your team a chance to make plays and have quick innings and keep the momentum rolling."

How the pair will be used at this juncture has not yet been determined.

"I know what they look like, in a sense, and they've both been pitching well in Durham," Maddon said. "So we'll get them out there. I have no reservation throwing them into the heat of the battle. I think both are very good. Coming out of Spring Training we had a lot of difficult decisions to make, we made the ones that we did. These guys went down there with the right attitude. And now, they've had the opportunity to come back, and we'll pop them in there. I'm good with that. I think both of them have a very good chance of contributing in a high manner. I'm excited about having them here. ... I would not be afraid to utilize them in almost any situation."

Up next: The Rays will play the Orioles in the second game of their three-game series on Wednesday in a 7:05 p.m. ET contest at Camden Yards. Right-hander James Shields will start for the Rays and will be opposed by left-hander Erik Bedard.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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