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Rays journal: Rays play it safe, put Matt Duffy on DL with hamstring injury

Third baseman hopes to be ready to return late next week when eligible, rather than rush back from injury.

ST. PETERSBURG — Matt Duffy is back on the disabled list.

The Rays third baseman, who missed all of last season with an Achilles tendon injury, was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday after leaving Monday's game in the first inning with tightness in his right hamstring.

"Just a mild strain, actually not very serious, thankfully," said Duffy, 28, who was second on the Rays in hits (16) and RBIs (seven) before the injury. "It is something that is going to take five days to a week, so a DL trip is probably the safest thing. Hopefully we'll get this thing figured out and be ready to come off when I'm eligible, ideally."

The Rays are already without two key bats in INF Brad Miller, who could be back as soon as Friday, and OF Kevin Kiermaier, who will miss about 12 weeks with a thumb injury.

To take Duffy's place, the Rays selected the contract of INF Brandon Snyder, 31, who has a .242 career average and last played in the majors with the Braves in 2016. He was hitting just .154 in Triple-A Durham but gives the Rays positional flexibility, being able to play both corners in the infield and outfield.

Snyder will enjoy playing in Florida and indoors — Durham's game at Toledo on Monday was called early due to snow. He said he was "trying to defrost" when he learned he was getting called up.

"The instant sweat when I got off the plane was a good feeling," he joked.

Snyder, who started at third Tuesday and batted sixth, said he enjoyed his spring training and had hoped to get another chance, if not this immediately.

"It means everything," he said. "It was tough (missing the initial cut). I understand it's a process, it's a business. I've been around long enough to understand that. It was an absolutely awesome spring. … I'm excited."

To make room on the 40-man roster, Kiermaier was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

Another new face

The Rays swapped out right-handed bullpen arms after Monday's game, optioning Chih-Wei Hu to Durham and recalling Hunter Wood.

Wood, 24, faced a single batter last May, recording an out in a brief Rays debut. He had pitched well in Durham, with a 1.50 ERA in four appearances and 12 strikeouts in six innings. He has thrown longer than an inning in three of four appearances and said the Rays' plan is "to stretch me out to be a multiple-inning guy."

Miscellany

Rays manager Kevin Cash said there's "a chance" Miller will be activated from the DL (groin strain) on Friday as a series against the Twins begins. He played first base in a rehab game for Class A Charlotte on Tuesday, going 1-for-4 with a single and a run, and is scheduled to do the same tonight. Cash said they'll check on his health and his timing at the plate before making a decision. … RHP Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) "continues to progress really well," Cash said of his recovery, likely to extend into June.

Contact Greg Auman at gauman@tampabay.com and (813) 310-2690. Follow @gregauman.

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