Rays bring back C Bobby Wilson, send Casali to Durham
The Rays have made another move to try to improve their catching, claiming Seminole High product Bobby Wilson off waivers from Texas and sending Curt Casali to Triple-A Durham.
Wilson, 33, started last season with the Rays, but was demoted and claimed on waivers by the Rangers. He finished the season with Texas and resigned this season, then was traded to Detroit at the end of spring training and then back to the Rangers in May.
He was hitting .250 with 3 homers, but was designated for assignment following Monday's acquisition of Jonathan Lucroy.
"I'm excited about coming back home and playing for this organization,'' Wilson said via text. "It's a great group of guys who play the game the right way. I loved my time in Texas and want to thank the players, coaches, front office and ownership for the opportunity they gave me.''
Texas manager Jeff Banister said of Wilson: "We would have loved to continue to have Bobby in the organization. He did a lot of great things for us. Extremely happy for him. We'll miss him, but it's part of the business at this time of the year. I know if he's on that club when we get there (Aug. 19-21), he'll be trying everything he can to beat us.''
Casali, after an 0-for-2 Thursday, was hitting .168. He joins Hank Conger, the other catcher on the opening day roster, in the minors.