ST. PETERSBURG – For a brief time last season, Wilmer Font looked like he might be a steal for the Rays.Designated for assignment by Oakland last May, he was acquired by Tampa Bay for Class A pitcher Peter Bayer, and immediately began paying dividends at a time when the Rays were struggling.After a slight adjustment to his delivery, Font went 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings while pitching as a reliever, an opener and eventually as a traditional starter.Unfortunately, a lat strain ended his season prematurely.It also ended his career resurgence.Font, 28, struggled in the spring and was ineffective in 10 appearances this season with a 5.79 ERA. Out of minor league options, he was dealt to the Mets on Monday for cash considerations or a player to be named later.“I think it did work out with Wilmer. He got designated, we (acquired) him and he did some good things for us,’’ manager Kevin Cash said. “The thing that didn’t work out was the injury last year. That stunk because he was developing and getting on a good run.’’Font, who has a career ERA of 6.51, is now with his fifth team in the past seven seasons. His departure gives the Rays some flexibility with an opening on their 40-man roster.The Rays have called up five different pitchers from Durham at various points already this season. Avoiding the inevitable boos Blake Snell was Cash’s favorite player in Monday night’s 12-1 victory. Arizona catcher Ildemaro Vargas may have been his second-favorite.Vargas broke up Snell’s perfect game bid with two outs in the sixth inning. With Snell not having pitched past the fourth inning since April 13, Cash said he was going to pull him after the sixth whether he had a perfect game/no-hitter or not. “That would have been his last out (either way),’’ Cash said. “I need to send over a case of beer to that guy that got the hit off him.’’ Say hello and goodbye to Yarbrough Ryan Yarbrough’s return to the Rays was short-lived.Called up from Triple-A Durham with the idea that he would pitch bulk innings against the Orioles, Yarbrough was sent back down on Monday after Sunday’s game was rained out.With two off-days in the next week, the Rays were not likely to get Yarbrough enough innings to stay sharp.“He’s a big part of our club and just because he’s not here right now doesn’t mean much,’’ Cash said. “We have to keep him stretched out.’’ Help could be on the way Austin Meadows, out since April 20 with a sprained thumb, is hopeful he will be back in time for the weekend series against the Yankees at Tropicana Field. Meadows hit off a high-velocity pitching machine on Monday and then took normal batting practice with the rest of the team. He’s planning the same routine today, and if the thumb is not too sore he could leave for a brief minor-league rehab assignment.“The swing is fine,’’ Meadows said. “The thumb feels good in all areas. There’s a little bit of soreness, but it’s the same kind of soreness you’d feel with an ankle sprain.’’The Rays were averaging 4.95 runs per game when Meadows sprained his thumb while sliding into third base after a triple. In the first 12 games he missed, Tampa Bay’s offense averaged 3.75 runs per game. Miscellany * Casey Sadler was recalled from Durham for the third time in 17 days. Sadler, who has pitched four shutout innings in his two previous appearances, was eligible to be recalled sooner than the normal 10-day period because the Rays traded Font. Sadler pitched the final two innings Monday.* With two off days coming up, the Rays opted to go with a 12-man pitching staff and recalled infielder/outfielder Andrew Velazquez to replace Yarbrough. “You watch the roster and you can usually see if they might need a guy like me,’’ Velazquez said. “This one caught me by surprise.’’ Velazquez was up for three days in April but did not get a plate appearance. He entered at third base late in Monday’s game, going 0-for-1 with an error.* Infielder Matt Duffy’s minor-league rehab is on temporary hold. Duffy, who went 0-for-4 with a walk in two games with the Class A Charlotte Stone Crabs over the weekend, has been out since the spring with hamstring and back issues. “He had a little bit of a, I don’t know if you’d call it a setback or what, he just doesn’t quite feel 100 percent so we’re going to slow it down a bit,’’ Cash said. Duffy was at Tropicana Field on Monday and took ground balls at third base before the game.