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Rays option OF Guyer to Triple-A Durham, recall P Delaney

OF Brandon Guyer's historic weekend with the Tampa Bay Rays ended Sunday.

The Rays optioned Guyer, who homered in his first major league at bat Friday night against the Orioles, to Triple-A Durham and recalled RHP Rob Delaney.

With RHP Andy Sonnanstine scheduled to start Tuesday at Cleveland, the Rays needed Delaney to fill the void in their bullpen.

Sonnanstine will take the spot in the rotation that belonged to RHP Jeff Niemann, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain and could miss three weeks.

"I just tried to make the most of my opportunity,''said Guyer, who was informed of the move Sunday morning. "I had fun with it. Getting sent down will only motivate me that much more to get back up.

"It was a short time, but at the same time it was great. Nothing compares to being a Big Leaguer. That's what I worked my whole life for...I'm going to be determined to get back up here.''

The Rays bullpen was a little taxed Saturday as four relievers were used to support starter Jeremy Hellickson, who pitched five scoreless innings but walked five. All told, the Rays pitchers combined to walk 10 Orioles hitters Saturday.

"With four guys possibly down in the bullpen today and not knowing what's going to happen in the game, I thought we needed more protection there as opposed the extra outfielder,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "With their versatility, we're covered in the outfield. We're covered all over the place on the field. So just talking to Andrew, we felt we'd be better off to go with the extra pitcher today.''

Delaney arrived in Baltimore Saturday night could assume Sonnanstine's role in the bullpen. With centerfielder B.J. Upton expected to begin serving his two-game suspension Tuesday in Cleveland, Maddon said leftfielder Sam Fuld will move to center, Ben Zobrist goes to right field and reserve infielder Elliott Johnson will play second base against the Indians.

Maddon said Sonnastine could remain in Niemann's spot in the starting rotation for several weeks.

"I'm looking for it to be more than a one start deal, yes,'' Maddon said. "I tipped him off to it yesterday. I talked to him yesterday and said, "Listen, I'm almost 100 percent certain this is how it's going to break...but I want you to start thinking mentally about starting in Cleveland. Now I just have to have a little deeper conversation with him.

"The about him that I love...he works every day at something. He always stays ready. He even keeps his bat ready in case we have to use him in the 13th inning in a weird game. I know he's going to be prepared for the Indians. He's pitched in a World Series, so he's not going to be intimidated by anything.'' 

--RICK STROUD 

  

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 12:17am]

    

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