Tampa Bay RHP Dewon Brazelton shrugged off question after question.

The Devil Rays' Opening Day starter worked out yesterday for the first time since being reinstated from major league baseball's restricted list, however he did not shed any light on why he went into hiding for three weeks after being demoted to the minors.

He said he likely will never publicly discuss details of what amounted to an unexcused absence, nor does he have any idea when he'll pitch again.

"It's too early for me to say anything. All I know is I come out here and worked out," the 24-year-old said. "People want answers to stuff I don't have answers to."

Brazelton was placed on the restricted list May 16 for failing to report to Class AAA Durham, where he was optioned after allowing five runs on four hits and six walks in a loss to the Chicago White Sox on May 11.

He was reinstated Thursday, and the Devil Rays have up to 30 days to determine when he's ready to be activated.

Asked if he expects to pitch for the Devil Rays again, Brazelton replied, "I don't see why not."

The third pick in the 2001 draft said he felt fine after an afternoon workout that included a 15-minute throwing session. And while he hasn't thrown off a mound in more than three weeks, the right-hander said he's surprised by how well he's thrown so far.

* PEOPLE WATCHING: Among the celebrities in the Fenway Park crowd last night were David Lander, who played Squiggy in the sitcom "Laverne and Shirley," and Susan St. James of "Kate and Allie." St. James and her husband, NBC sports executive Dick Ebersol, were in town to attend the naming of a ballfield after their son, Teddy, who died in a plane crash.

* LUDWICK ON MOVE: OF Ryan Ludwick was out-righted to Class AAA Buffalo by the Indians after clearing waivers. Ludwick had been designated for assignment on Tuesday when the club activated OF Juan Gonzalez from the disabled list. Gonzalez re-injured his hamstring on Wednesday -- in his first major league at-bat in more than a year -- and could miss three months.

-- From News Services

Dewon Brazelton led the AL in losses -- seven -- before he was demoted to Class AAA Durham, where he refused to report.