ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays placed first baseman/DH Ji-Man Choi on the restricted list due to a “personal matter” and called up right-hander Austin Pruitt to add a fresh arm to their bullpen.
The issue with Choi is not a disciplinary matter, the Times has learned, and is only expected to keep him away from the team for a day or two. Technically, he is “attending to” a personal matter. (Manager Kevin Cash said later Tuesday Choi was expected back Wednesday but it wasn’t clear if he would be available to play.)
He has not played since leaving Saturday’s game with a left calf strain and said Monday he was feeling much better and expected to be able to play today.
Pruitt gives the Rays a right-handed option to work multiple innings tonight as they are planning to use Ryne Stanek as the opener and had only lefties Jalen Beeks and Ryan Yarbrough available to cover bulk innings.