Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Rays call up Stephen Vogt, send Jeff Salazar to minors

The Tampa Bay Rays decided they needed more offensive help and assigned OF Jeff Salazar to the minors after today's game, opting instead to callup utilityman Stephen Vogt.

Also, with RHP Kyle Farnsworth headed to the DL, it appears RHP Josh Lueke is the leading candidate to be called up and join the bullpen.

Vogt, 27, was the Rays minor-league player of the year last season, hitting a combined .298 with 17 homers, 35 doubles and 105 RBI between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. He hit .323 in spring training before being optioned to Triple-A on March 18.

Vogt was in the trainer's room in Durham getting his wrists taped to catch Chris Archer's simulated game when coach Dave Myers called him into the office with the news he was being promoted.

"He said you're going to the big leagues, you have a flight at 7:30, don't miss it, go home and pack,'' Vogt said. "I'm just in shock right now. It's definitely one of the best days of my life.''

Salazar, 31, had looked to be the winner of the final roster spot based on his big-league experience and strong spring (.282). By choosing Vogt, the Rays are further limiting their depth in centerfield, with Ben Zobrist potentially the top pick if Desmond Jennings, who is already filling in for Sam Fuld, needs a break. Elliot Johnson and Matt Joyce are other possibilities, Maddon said.

Manager Joe Maddon said they turned to Vogt - a lefthanded hitter - for his bat, and that he will get time in leftfield, behind the plate and as a pinch-hitter.

With Brandon Gomes not quite ready in his recovery from back surgery, the Rays likely will turn to Lueke, 27, who was acquired in trade from the Mariners for John Jaso. Lueke made his major-league debut last season in Seattle, going 1-1, 6.06 in 25 games.

Tampa Bay Rays call up Stephen Vogt, send Jeff Salazar to minors 04/03/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 6:03pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Five reasons why Kentucky can beat Florida for the first time since 1986

    College

    By Matt Baker

    GAINESVILLE — Florida's 30-game winning streak over Kentucky is one of the most impressive feats in the country.

    Florida Gators offensive lineman Martez Ivey (73) celebrates Florida Gators running back Mark Thompson's  (24) touch down in the first quarter, putting Florida on the board 6-0 during the game between the University of Florida and the University of Kentucky in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida defeated Kentucky 45-7. ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times

  2. Once targeted by the Bucs, Dalvin Cook thrills for the Vikings

    Bucs

    How good would the Bucs be with running back Dalvin Cook?

    Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) slips a tackle by Steelers strong safety Sean Davis (28) to score a touchdown Sunday in Pittsburgh. [AP photo]
  3. Boxer LaMotta, immortalized in 'Raging Bull,' dies at 95

    Obituaries

    MIAMI — Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film Raging Bull, for which Robert DeNiro won an Academy Award, has died, his fiancee said Wednesday. He was 95.

    Jake LaMotta, retired professional boxer, shakes hands with Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) on the field before the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Sept. 15, 2015. LaMotta was on hand to sign autographs in the Ted Williams Museum.
  4. J.R. Sweezy shows what Bucs were missing

    Bucs

    By Greg Auman

    TAMPA —- Sunday's season-opening win against the Bears saw the debut of 13 Bucs, a mix of rookies and free-agent veterans.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive guard J.R. Sweezy (73), seen at center, runs through drills during training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, July 31, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 

  5. Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs-Vikings features a battle of top rookies

    Bucs

    Greg Auman looks at how much the Bucs have changed since the last time they played the Minnesota Vikings in 2014 in our latest Cannon Fodder podcast.

    Bucs tight end O.J. Howard (80) makes a reception as Chicago Bears free safety Eddie Jackson (39) tackles him Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]