Callups roundup: Delmon, Gimenez, Lueke to start
With rosters allowed to expand to up to 40 players starting Sunday, the Rays will make their callups in waves.
For starters, that means DH Delmon Young, C Chris Gimenez and RHP Josh Lueke will join the team first, traveling to Oakland on Saturday and being activated on Sunday.
Young is expected to have a big role, the primary DH against lefthanders and some righthanders, plus a key pinch-hitter. Gimenez gives them a third catcher, allowing for more flexibility in pinch-hitting and pinch-running for Jose Molina and Jose Lobaton. And Lueke adds depth to a bullpen that has been worked hard and somewhat inconsistent.
Additionally, the Rays said they will bring in and evaluate DH Luke Scott, who has been on the DL for two plus weeks due to back spasms. Scott is also expected to be activated, and manager Joe Maddon said he hadn't heard of any setbacks so he too may be added.
By Tuesday, they could have four more players, as RHPs Jeremy Hellickson and Jake Odorizzi, and LHP Jeff Beliveau, will be eligible to be called up from the minors. Also LHP Matt Moore is set to come off the DL.