MLB.com Rays beat writer Bill Chastain participated in a live Web chat with fans on Wednesday. During the chat he answered many questions, including how Wade Davis will preform in the bullpen, if Jose Molina can handle being the everyday catcher and if the Rays will make the playoffs.
Bill Chastain: Good morning, everybody. After a few technical difficulties I'm ready to answer your Rays questions.
wizeguy34: How long will Molina be the starting catcher? Do the Rays have any other options?
Bill Chastain: Jose Lobaton and Chris Gimenez appear to be the only options right now, though Stephen Vogt is coming along -- particularly on the offense side. The big question will be how many games can Molina catch since 80-plus games is his career high.
punksroo: How do you think Davis will do emotionally coming out of the bullpen?
Bill Chastain: I think he will do fine. He is a pro and said all of the right things yesterday after receiving the news. I believe he has the potential to put out fires on a nightly basis.
punksroo: After observing the bats all spring, what are your expectations for the season?
Bill Chastain: Right now it's hard to say since they have not had their everyday lineup together all spring. I still like the way the lineup looks on paper, but there is some concern about starting the season without having played together much during the spring.
Bill Chastain: Keep sending in your questions.
wizeguy34: If (Kyle) Farnsworth gets hurt, would they use (Joel) Peralta again to close out games?
Bill Chastain: Peralta would be the first option. But there are a lot of guys in this year's bullpen who might step up to grab the ninth inning. I believe (J.P.) Howell will come back strong. Jake McGee, Fernando Rodney, and perhaps Davis.
punksroo: Who do you think will get the starting job at shortstop?
Bill Chastain: Sean Rodriguez looks like he has the inside track right now.
Bill Chastain: OK everyone I have time for a couple more questions. Fire away.
jknva: What are your 2012 division predictions?
Bill Chastain: I think the Yankees, Tigers and Rangers, with the Rays and Angels as the Wild Cards.
wizeguy34: Do you think they will call (Brandon) Guyer up at some point this year?
Bill Chastain: Sure, I think he will be up at some point this season. Every season brings a lot of player activity.
punksroo: Who plays the Rays in the World Series this year?
Bill Chastain: Phillies.
Bill Chastain: That's all the time we have. Thanks for all your questions.
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