Brandon Guyer put on DL with shoulder strain; Thompson trade announced
With the Rays depth at backup centerfielder depleted, they acquired speedy OF Rich Thompson from the Phillies for minor league outfielder Kyle Hudson.
To make room on the active roster, OF Brandon Guyer (left shoulder strain) was put on the disabled list, the ninth Ray to go on the DL this season. RHP Jeff Niemann was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Thompson on the 40-man roster. That means Niemann's return date will be pushed back to as early as July 14.
Thompson is expected to be on the bench tonight and active for the Rays tonight, and will wear No. 24.
Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman said with the depth at centerfield limited due to injuries (Desmond Jennings, Sam Fuld and Guyer on the DL), they needed a true centerfielder, and Thompson fit that bill, with his best attribute his speed. "He uses it well," Friedman said.
Thompson, 33, has spent 13 seasons in the minor leagues and not appeared in the majors since 2004, when he played six games for the Royals.
Friedman said Guyer first felt discomfort in his shoulder three days ago during batting practice, and they thought they'd give it a little time. But Friedman said they've been working on a move the past couple days, with the Thompson trade finalized today.
-- JOE SMITH