First call-ups: Brignac, Gimenez, Ramos, Thompson
The Rays finalized plans for their first wave of call-ups from Triple-A, settling on four who are expected to report to Toronto on Friday and be activated for Saturday's matinee:
INF Reid Brignac, who opened the season with the Rays but was sent down in late April, and hit .231 with eight homers and 46 RBIs for the Bulls. Brignac became more relevant after Sean Rodriguez broke his hand at Durham, as the Rays need some depth in the infield, and Brignac could be a defensive replacement for Ben Zobrist at times.
C Chris Gimenez, who filled in admirably for about six weeks earlier in the season and did well at Durham, hitting .310 with 10 homers and 49 RBIs. Third catchers are always added in September, but given how little Jose Lobaton and Jose Molina have done offensively, Gimenez could get some playing time.
LHP Cesar Ramos, who had a couple stints with the Rays, and did well as a reliever and starter at Durham, 5-5, 3.77 overall. Ramos will provide depth and length to the bullpen.
OF Rich Thompson, the career minor-leaguer who was part of a feel-good story earlier this year getting his first big-league hit, and then hit .311 for the Bulls. Thompson is likely to be used primarily as a pinch-runner, allowing the Rays more flexibility with Sam Fuld.