Rays calling up Meadows, plus Hu, Milner, Pruitt but not Wong

Austin Meadows, playing for the Pirates, is tagged out by the Rays' Willy Adames during a spring training game in 2017 in Port Charlotte. [Times files]
Austin Meadows, playing for the Pirates, is tagged out by the Rays' Willy Adames during a spring training game in 2017 in Port Charlotte. [Times files]
Published September 19 2018
Updated September 19 2018

UPDATE, 1:14: Cash said this is expected to be the extent of the callups, so that sounds like a no for Wong and the others. … Meadows is understandably of the most interest and Cash said he is excited to see him, but acknowledged it will be a little tricky to get him much playing time, especially as the Rays continue their longshot playoff push. … Glasnow had some glowing comments about Meadows: "Expect studly things from him. … He's an unbelievable baseball player. … People are going to go wow."

DEVELOPING: With Triple-A Durham's season finally over after Tuesday's loss in the national championship game, the Rays are making four additional call-ups.

The most interesting is OF Austin Meadows, the other prime piece, along with RHP Tyler Glasnow, acquired from Pittsburgh in the Chris Archer trade.

The other three, not so much, as the Rays opted to stick to only players already on the 40-man roster, so there will be more of RHP Chih-Wei Hu, LHP Hoby Milner and RHP Austin Pruitt.

In sticking to 40-man rostered players, the Rays apparently won't be taking a look at three of their remaining promising prospects still at Triple-A: RHP Ian Gibaut, LHP Colin Poche and INF Kean Wong.

The Wong decision is newsworthy because of recent comments by his older brother Kolten, the Cardinals infielder, who called the Rays "a bad organization" for not rewarding deserving young players such as Kean.

Kean told milb.com on Tuesday it was "really frustrating" to not get called up and that he'd "love to take that chance from another team" if the Rays don't give it to him.

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