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Rays to call up Christian Arroyo, Austin Pruitt for Friday’s game vs. Red Sox

Rays place Joey Wendle on IL, expect Hunter Wood to need more time dealing with family issues.
Christian Arroyo will join the Rays for the second time this season. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published Apr. 25
Updated Apr. 25

The Rays plan to call up infielder Christian Arroyo and right-handed reliever Austin Pruitt for Friday’s game in Boston against the Red Sox.

Arroyo, the Hernando High product, will get his second turn with the team replacing Joey Wendle, who is headed back to the injured list, this time for a right wrist fracture that will keep him out potentially three-six weeks.

Arroyo was called up April 1 after Wendle strained a hamstring and played in four games, going 3-for-9. He can play third and second base, and fill in at shortstop if needed, though hits right-handed so the Rays will still be missing Wendle’s lefty bat. Arroyo is hitting .310 with two homers, 9 RBIs and a .917 OPS at Triple-A Durham.

Pruitt came up Tuesday as part of the recent shuffle to add a fresh arm to the bullpen and worked 1 2/3 innings that night. He was optioned back to Durham on Wednesday so the Rays could activate Blake Snell off the injured list, and now will rejoin the Rays on Friday. Players sent to the minors are required to stay for 10 days but can be recalled if there is a player placed on the injured list or traded, so technically Pruitt takes Wendle’s roster spot.

Pruitt fills the open spot in the bullpen created by the somewhat surprising demotion of lefty Ryan Yarbrough following Wednesday’s game. There was a chance the Rays would activate Hunter Wood, who had been on the paternity list and then then family medical emergency list following the premature birth of his daughter, but he obviously needs more time. Manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday the baby was fine but being monitored and that Wood would rejoin the team soon.

Contact Marc Topkin at mtopkin@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Rays



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