ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays added a key weapon against right- and left-handed hitters to their bullpen in activating Oliver Drake off the injured list Tuesday.Drake had been out since early August, longer than he expected due to what was termed biceps tendinitis, but he said that was the result of a broader issue."Realizing some shortcomings from my training during the whole (pandemic-caused) shutdown,'' he said. "Kind of neglected some areas and it takes some time to build up some strength and re-create some good movement patterns so I can throw pain-free.''The 33-year-old right-hander was a major 2019 contributor, pitching frequently, working multiple innings and being one of the most effective on the staff against lefty hitters. He had made only five appearances this season before being sidelined."There’s no doubt we missed him,'' manager Kevin Cash said. "Last year he was so special for us, and getting big outs and also being able to bounce back as well as any pitcher that we had.''Drake prides himself on being available just about every game, and Cash acknowledged one of the challenges will be making sure they manage him carefully.Drake took the roster spot of first baseman Ji-Man Choi, who went on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain that’s expected to sideline him at least the rest of the regular season.Going back to carrying 14 pitchers on the 28-man roster helps going into a 10-games-in-nine-days stretch, but it also leaves the Rays with only five infielders: Willy Adames, Mike Brosseau, Brandon Lowe, Nate Lowe and Joey Wendle.Cash ruled out a previously mentioned experiment with outfielder Randy Arozarena playing second, except in an unexpected late-game situation. And though outfielder Hunter Renfroe and catcher Michael Perez have taken ground balls at first, Cash didn’t sound interested in seeing either at the position, except in an emergency. "I don’t think there’s another option,'’ he said.If one of the five were injured, options from Port Charlotte include Brian O’Grady or Kevin Padlo to play first and third, or middle infielders Vidal Brujan or nonrostered Esteban Quiroz or Taylor Walls. Top prospect Wander Franco is not a likely option.Catcher Mike Zunino (oblique) had improved enough to take live batting practice in Port Charlotte on Tuesday and could accompany the Rays when they leave after Wednesday’s game for eight games on the road, a sign he could be activated during the trip. Infielder Yandy Diaz (hamstring) is progressing “slowly but surely” but not yet doing any baseball activities, Cash said. Reliever Jose Alvarado (shoulder) is “getting close” to start throwing off the mound in the next week.Nationals manager Dave Martinez played on the first three Devil Rays teams and came back for seven-plus years as a coach, so returning to the Trop is always special. Plus he still has family in the area, which meant a chance to see his granddaughter on Tuesday. "The memories here go way back into the ’90s — I played the first game ever here, and it was exciting,'' he said. "Just being back here makes me feel like it’s still a home away from home.''With their 31st win, the Rays guaranteed a winning record for a third straight season and ninth in 13 since their 2008 breakthrough. ... After Ryan Sherriff loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, Nick Anderson finished, extending his scoreless streak to 14 appearances, tying the team record to start a season, set by Scott Aldred in 1999. ... A team-record five different Rays stole bases Tuesday. ... Kevin Kiermaier, back in the lineup after missing two games due to general soreness, received the 2020 Dreammaker Award from the Children’s Dream Fund. He and his wife, Marissa, said during a virtual luncheon that they would donate another $25,000 to continue the Kiermaier’s Kids program. … Rays players wore Tampa Bay Lightning caps during batting practice. … The first 3½ innings were played with three umpires as Clint Vondrak had travel issues. … Wednesday’s game has been moved to a 1:10 p.m. start so the Rays can head to Baltimore, where they have a Thursday doubleheader starting at 4:35.