ST. PETERSBURG — The good news for catcher Michael Perez was that he was reinstated from the injured list after completing his rehab from an oblique injury that sidelined him more than a month.
The bad news was that he was optioned to Triple-A as the Rays, in what seems an obvious move, want to keep Travis d’Arnaud, who since being acquired from the Dodgers May 10 has impressed with his work behind and more recently at the plate. D’Arnaud can’t be sent to the minors without being exposed to waivers.
“It was a difficult decision because we feel Mikey’s a major-league player,’’ manager Kevin Cash said. “I think this is going to do Mikey some good to get down there, get some consistent reps playing, play every day. He probably wasn’t going to play every day if we brought him back up here. …
“We have to recognize what Travis has done. He’s done a really good job behind the plate. The bat has certainly come to life here over the last week or so. And we want to kind of see this play out a little bit more.”
* Infielder Joey Wendle (broken right wrist) went 1-for-4 with a walk in his third rehab game on Monday, playing second base for Triple-A Durham. While Cash said “there’s not a time frame” for the lefty hitter’s return, he also said “we’d certainly like to see him at some point on this homestand.’’
* Pitching prospect Brent Honeywell had surgery Monday after fracturing the right medial epicondyle bone in his elbow while throwing a bullpen session on Saturday, ending his hopes to return this season from February 2018 Tommy John surgery. The Rays got what sounds like good news in that Dr. James Andrews repaired the fracture, and found no damage to the repaired ligament. If the recovery goes as planned, Honeywell can start throwing again in January.
* Starter Tyler Glasnow, sidelined since May 10 with a forearm strain, said everything “feels good” and is “coming along according to schedule.” He is throwing at 75 feet and will soon progress to 90 and then likely get back on the mound. He is eligible to return after the July 8-11 All-Star break.