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Catcher Wilson rejoins Rays, Casali sent to Triple A

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Bobby Wilson (21) in the dugout during the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2016.

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Tampa Bay Rays catcher Bobby Wilson (21) in the dugout during the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2016.

ST. PETERSBURG — C Bobby Wilson was on the Rangers charter flight to Baltimore 15 minutes before its scheduled departure Monday afternoon when he was informed the team traded for C Jonathan Lucroy and that he was designated for assignment.

It was just the latest chapter in what Wilson called an "insane" season that saw the Dunedin native traded from the Rangers to the Tigers at the end of spring training then traded back to the Rangers in early May.

Now he's back with the Rays, who claimed him Thursday off waivers.

The Rays optioned C Curt Casali to Durham after Thursday's game, making room for Wilson, who made the Rays 2015 opening day roster and played in 25 games over two stints and was DFA'd twice.

"I'm surprised I got picked up here with some other teams being in need of catching," Wilson said. "I stay in touch with Curt regularly. I know he does a great job. It was a little shocking to see that he got optioned. This wasn't one of the places I thought I'd come back to, but I'm glad. I'm happy. I get to stay in my own house."

Casali was optioned after batting .168/.256/.319 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 71 games. He struck out 70 times in 185 at-bats. He lost his spot as the lead catcher to rookie Luke Maile.

"In a way this could be looked at as a positive," manager Kevin Cash said. "He has to get down there and play."

The addition gives the Ray a veteran catcher to pair with Maile. It also pleases the pitching staff.

Cash said a number of the Rays pitchers lobbied for Wilson's return when they learned this week he was available.

"They really liked throwing to him last year, the way he carried himself and communicated with the pitching staff," Cash said. "We're glad to have him back."

MILLER WORKS AT 1B: SS Brad Miller, using a first baseman's mitt borrowed from OF Oswaldo Arcia, began his move to first base Friday when he worked there before the game with bench coach Tom Foley.

"I'm in the belief that if he can play shortstop, you should be able to at least handle yourself adequately at any position in the infield," Foley said. "Just by watching him (Friday) I think we'll be okay with him. … He's an infielder. He's got the mind-set. I don't have any reservations with him playing first base."

JENNINGS SITS AGAIN: LF Desmond Jennings was not in the lineup for the third consecutive game after fouling a ball off his left knee Tuesday. Cash said the knee was still sore. It's the same knee Jennings injured twice last season, forcing him to miss 133 games.

ROMERO TO THE DL: The Rays placed LHP Enny Romero on the 15-day disabled list with strained back. RHP Danny Farquhar will be recalled today from Durham. Romero last pitched Wednesday.

INJURY UPDATES: SS Matt Duffy (Achilles strain) was 2-for-3 with an RBI and played shortstop for six innings Friday for Class A Charlotte. OF Mikie Mahtook (left hand fracture) was 2-for-4 with a run for the Stone Crabs.

RHP Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) pitched four innings and allowed a run and two hits for Double-A Montgomery.

Reports on RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John) were positive after he pitched three innings Thursday for Charlotte. Cobb will throw a bullpen Sunday.

1B Logan Morrison (right forearm strain) took dry swings Friday for the first time. Arcia (right elbow strain) hit off a tee for the second straight day.

Catcher Wilson rejoins Rays, Casali sent to Triple A 08/05/16 [Last modified: Saturday, August 6, 2016 12:31am]
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