ST. PETERSBURG — C Derek Norris tied a career-high with three hits in Friday's 15-5 win against the Orioles then was designated for assignment after the game to make room on the 25-man roster for C Wilson Ramos.
Ramos, signed in December to a two-year, $12.5 million, has been out since late September after suffering a right knee injury while playing for the Nationals.
"I feel so comfortable, really good moving behind the plate," Ramos said. "Right now I feel very good and ready to play, ready to get activated."
Norris, signed as a free agent late in camp, struggled at the plate and behind it, (six passed balls, six errors). His second-inning double was his eighth hit in his last 63 at-bats. His third-inning homer was his ninth of the season and fourth in his last nine games.
Ramos, who had surgery Oct. 14 to repair a torn ACL, was originally expected to return after the All-Star break. C Jesus Sucre is likely to get the bulk of catching duties initially until the Ray are comfortable playing Ramos behind the plate for multiple games.
Clarity for Duffy
The Rays feel they have finally solved SS Matt Duffy's issue.
Duffy traveled to Charlotte N.C., this week and was examined by Dr. Bob Anderson, the orthopedic surgeon who operated in Duffy's heal Sept. 9. Anderson removed a calcium deposit described by Rays manager Kevin Cash to be pea-sized.
"We're hoping that that is what's been causing all the irritation," Cash said, "because it was taken right from the spot where he gets most of this pain."
Cash said Duffy is expected to resume his baseball activities once stitches heal. Duffy, who missed all of spring training and began a minor-league rehab assignment in early May at Class A Charlotte. He played in three games before shutting himself down when the pain returned.
Cash said they might be able to accelerate Duffy's return, since he has been working out with the team at Tropicana Field.
"We're being cautiously optimistic about that," Cash said.
Rasmus to DL
OF Colby Rasmus went on the 10-day DL retroactive to June 19 because of tendinitis in his left hip.
The Rays selected the contract of OF Shane Peterson from Triple-A Durham and had him playing left field Friday against the Orioles.
Rasmus, who expects to return June 29, said the tendinitis is related to his offseason hip surgery. He said he had it in spring training, which is why he missed the first 27 games of the season.
"It's something I played through and playing through it, trying to be tough, it ended up making it a little worse, so I want to make sure I'm around for the rest of this season and not miss a couple of weeks or a month for something that I can sit out a couple of days to get it going," Rasmus said.
RHP Brad Boxberger (right flexor strain) said he expects to be activated this weekend. "Any day," Boxberger said.
Quote of the day
''(Doctors) said it's something that can happen with the intense nature of the beast that is baseball." — Rasmus on going on the DL for tendinitis in his surgically repaired left hip.
Number of the day
34 Evan Longoria's home runs against the Orioles, the most against them by a third baseman in the team's 63-year history.