Peralta drops appeal; Joyce to DL, Conrad added, and more
UPDATE, 4:35: Peralta said the decision to drop the appeal was made by the Rays, and at least in part so that he will be back for the end of the series with the Tigers and to face the Yankees. He said he might ask to go to one of the minor league affiliates so he can stay in shape throwing and also work with some of the younger pitchers.
UPDATE, 4:32: Joyce said the injury turned out to be to his oblique and not his back, but he is confident it isn't serious and he should be ready before his 15 days are up.
BREAKING: The Rays made a series of moves today, topped by Joel Peralta dropping the appeal of his suspension and All-Star OF Matt Joyce going on the DL.
Also INF Brooks Conrad, claimed on waivers yestersday, was added to the roster; INF Jeff Kepppinger was activated off the DL and RHP Brandon Gomes was called up.
OF Rich Thompson was optioned to AAA and INF Drew Sutton designated for assignment. The Rays were able to bring Gomes back before the required 10 days since Joyce went on the DL.