Rays with 6 games in NL ballparks sent Brandon Gomes down to bring up a position player. We won't know who until Tuesday.
Without the DH the Rays need the extra position player for the double switches that normally keep pitchers from having to hit after the 5th or 6th inning. In most NL games the pitcher(s) will see 2 ABs unless the starter is throwing a shutout. After 2 ABs begin the double switches. Maddon I think will have fun with this since it makes it a more strategic game.
Maddon has stated that it won't likely be Keppinger or Longoria yet, but he doesn't make the decision. I clicked on the Durham box score tonight though, and saw that Longoria was the DH but was taken out of the game after his first AB, a groundout in the 1st inning. So that could mean that either Longoria felt something wrong, or that they decided to get him on a plane from Rochester to D.C. to face the Nats tomorrow. I hope it is the latter and not the former.
The other candidates could be LH hitter and pinch runner supreme Rich Thompson, good field, good run but so far 1 hit and no BB in 16 ABs. Could be one of the catchers Vogt or Gimenez. Vogt can play LF too but I think he needs to work his confidence back after going 0 fer in the bigs. Gimenez is a RH bat but do we need 3 catchers?
Reid Brignac also on the 40 man but he still has work to do on his hitting.
My real question being, will we see Leslie Anderson this year? He is not on the 40 man so the Rays would have to move someone off the 40 man to bring Leslie up. No I don't see it happening.
But Leslie Anderson is pounding the ball in Durham and leading the team in almost every offensive category. He's a LH 1st baseman like Pena and although I found no minor league stats I have read scouting reports that say he has a pretty good glove.
Leslie leads the team in BA at .321, SLG .472, OPS .845. Leads the team in HRs and RBIs. No regular player is close in these categories. The Rays are paying him close to 1M a year on a 4 year contract. Not a huge amount by MLB standards but enough that you don't bury a player in the minors for that kind of money.
Putting Leslie on the 40 man would get his major league clock started, and maybe the FO has it planned for next year barring an injury on the ML team.
Still in the meritocracy that baseball should be it appears that Leslie Anderson has earned at least coffee on the show team.
Personally I'd like to see Henry Wrigley brought up, He's a RH, play 1B has 12 home runs, good defender and has earned a shot. However, for whatever reason I have a feeling they will bring back either Thompson or Vogt and my question would be.......Why?
As for Longoria, this latest setback with rehab put on hold indefinitely, could mean late in the season like August or September. If they are suspending rehab with no time table then things are worse than originally thought. So get used to the musical chairs at 3B with Rodriguez, Rhymes, Sutton filling in.
The Red Sox are actively shopping Youkilis and he could, nope never mind, I'd rather go with our group.
When I was on the Durham site earlier I was wondering-- "Who is this Henry Wrigley?"
Sounds like a baseball name from the 20's or 30's. I noticed his stats at Durham but not the big numbers he put up with the Biscuits before he got promoted to the Bulls. Why isn't he on the Rays' list of top 20 prospects?
Including Montgomery, 12 HR and 46 RBI. Right now really pounding the ball at Durham. A RH bat.
But he's not on the 40 man either. Has worked his way up in 6 levels of minor league ball since 2006.
Princeton in the Appalachian.Hudson Valley in the New York Penn.2 teams in the Southern Atlantic.Charlotte Stone Crabs in the FSL.Montgomery Biscuits in the Southern League.Durham Bulls in the International League.
Henry Wrigley should have some stories for his Grandkids.
He also some day might be playing for the Rays.
N -O Henry.
Thompson recalled according to TBTimes.