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Rays place Myers on DL, call up Sands

Rays rightfifelder Wil Myers has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right wrist sprain.

The team called up OF Jerry Sands from Triple-A Durham, and he will make his Rays debut today batting cleanup as desginated hitter.

Myers suffered the injury Friday in landing after colliding with CF Desmond Jennings in chasing A.J Pierzynski's walk-off triple in the 10th inning. He flew back to St. Pete Sunday with plans to meet with Dr. Eaton Monday. Manager Joe Maddon doesn't anticipate a prolonged absence, but won't know until he gets through all the check-ups.

And Maddon said maybe the time away will help Myers, who has struggled in following up his American League Rookie of the Year season.

"It's not absolutely awful," Maddon said. "It's been a tough beginning for him this year, maybe a little bit of a break right now keeps him frisky for the end of the year. Get this thing healing properly get it feeling well, maybe a couple rehab at bats to get him going in the right direction and bring him on back. For us to really to be successful this year he's got ot be in the middle of our lineup somewhere like he had been last year.

Myers was the third Ray to be put on the DL this week, joining OF Brandon Guyer (fractured left thumb) and C Ryan Hanigan (right hamstring). To make room for Sands on the 40-man roster, INF Tim Beckham was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Sands, 26, claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh in December, made a strong impression in spring training, especially with his bat. He was batting .268 with a nine homers and a team-high 36 RBI in 54 games for the Bulls. He arrived around noon today having flown in.

Maddon said they like Sands power, and that he's a better defender than given credit for, acknowledging the possibility the right-handed hitter could stick for a while if he does well.

Sands' last big-league game was Aug. 6, 2012 with the Dodgers.

[Last modified: Sunday, June 1, 2014 12:55pm]

    

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