Rays send down Shaffer to clear spot for Duffy's activation
The Rays optioned Richie Shaffer back to Triple-A Durham after Wednesday's game to clear a spot for the planned activation of new SS Matt Duffy on Friday.
Shaffer had two hits in Wednesday's game, making his first start in the week since being called up.
Duffy played his fifth and final rehab game on Wednesday for Durham; he was in the final stages of recovering from a left Achilles strain when acquired from the Giants on Aug. 1.
Rays manager Kevin Cash said they would check again with Duffy to make sure he was ready before making the move official.