Rays call up catcher Ali Solis, Hanigan may land on DL
The Rays recalled C Ali Solis from Triple-A Durham, providing insurance behind the plate with C Ryan Hanigan battling a sore right hamstring.
"It's kind of been a problem," Hanigan said.
Turns out, Hanigan may eventually land on the disabled list, with the team likely to make a decision in the next few days. Hanigan said the hamstring, which sidelined him for three games on the last road trip out West, is not healing like it should, and he suffered a set-back Monday night when it was tight.
Hanigan wants to play through it, hoping that with Thursday's off-day he can rest it the next few days. But the problem is he doesn't know how long it'll take to get better, so putting him on the DL might be the best option.
"It's a tough call," Hanigan said. "Because it's not excruciating. I have been functional. But it's bothersome. I think, being a catcher, it's a little tougher putting weight on it..
"I don't want to (go on the DL). That's not what I want to do at all, to tell you the truth. I don't know what's best, I'm going to leave it up to the trainers. They know where I stand. I'd like to try to keep playing if I can stay functional."
Hanigan says the hamstring bothers him when he's running or catching. Even though he's hitless in his last 23 at-bats, the injury isn't the issue.
"No excuse," he said.
Hanigan had been making a lion's share of the starts, but has alternated more recently with C Jose Molina as the Rays didn't want to push him. Molina, who is starting tonight, will likely carry the load while Hanigan is out, with maybe a spot start by Solis.
Solis, 26, the primary catcher for the Bulls, was hitting .186 with a homer and 12 RBI in 29 games this season. He has played in give big league games, all with the Padres in 2012, hitless in four at bats. The Rays signed him to a minor league deal in November.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Solis, Matt Moore (Tommy John surgery) was moved to the 60-day DL.