ST. PETERSBURG — C Ryan Hanigan said the All-Star break gave his sore left side a little time to recover.
But it apparently wasn't enough. The Rays placed Hanigan on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with an oblique strain. The move is retroactive to July 9.
"It's tough," manager Joe Maddon said. "We just can't get him going."
Hanigan also went on the 15-day DL in May with a right hamstring strain. Maddon said Hanigan told him during the series in Detroit this month how much better he was feeling; then his side began to bother him.
"He brings a lot of definite intensity to our group," Maddon said. "We're going to miss him."
Hanigan is batting .212 with four home runs and 27 RBIs. The Rays didn't announced a timetable for his return, and Hanigan said he hadn't talked with the medical staff.
"The rest definitely calmed it down," Hanigan said. "We'll see how it goes."
The Rays filled Hanigan's roster spot by selecting C Curt Casali from Triple-A Durham. Casali, 25, is making his major-league debut. The Vanderbilt product was acquired from Detroit in March 2013 for pitcher Kyle Lobstein, split last season between advanced Class A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery, and in May moved from the Biscuits to Durham.
To add Casali to the 40-man roster, the Rays moved OF Wil Myers from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. He's eligible to return July 30 but isn't expected to be ready until mid August.
two in a row: RHP Alex Cobb snapped a streak of three short starts in his last outing before the break. He allowed six hits and two runs while striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings against the Royals on July 9.
Cobb said the key to lasting longer was his progression from an injury-shortened first half of the season. Since coming back from the DL from a left oblique strain, Cobb has lasted into the seventh inning in only four of his 10 starts heading into today against the Twins.
"The timing's starting to get back," Cobb said. "Obviously, when you go through a stretch of struggles that I went through, you spend a little bit of extra time running through your motions, your mechanics, in your mind. Sometimes you become a little bit too mechanical. Now everything's starting to flow a little bit nicer."
Cobb threw two bullpen sessions during the layoff to stay fresh.
on target: When Maddon watched Tuesday's All-Star Game, he was reminded of how much he loves the beauty of —and his team's success at — Target Field. Maddon said the Twins have some good individual players and hot bats, including All-Star C Kurt Suzuki and 2B Brian Dozier, who leads Minnesota with 18 home runs.
"It's going to be one of those moments when we're going to have to have to outpitch the other guys, I think," Maddon said.
MISCELLANY: The Rays' 27th-round draft pick, INF Grant Key, hit a home run off his first professional pitch Monday for Short-A Hudson Valley. He hit for the cycle, going 5-for-6. … The Rays held an optional practice Thursday at Tropicana Field, with the outfield fenced off because of a home show this weekend.