The Rays reinstated reliever Collin McHugh from the COVID-19 related injured list on Thursday, and added first base depth by acquiring Mike Ford from the Yankees.
Ford, a lefty hitter, was assigned to Triple-A Durham and acquired for cash or a player to be named.
The 28-year-old played parts of three seasons with the Yankees before being designated for assignment Saturday.
He hit .259 with 12 homers, 25 RBIs and a .909 OPS over 50 games in 2019, but hasn’t done much the last two in limited action, hitting a combined .134 with five homers, 16 RBIs and a .526 OPS. He is considered to have a keen eye at the plate and good strike zone judgement.
Ford was added to the 40-man roster, with pitcher Tyler Glasnow shifted to the 60-injured list to make room.
McHugh was sidelined for just one day, waking up Wednesday feeling sick, but testing negative in a rapid test administered Wednesday as well as in results of a regular scheduled test he did on Tuesday.
Chris Mazza was called up Wednesday, faced two batters in the 8-7 loss to the White Sox, and optioned back.
The Rays open a four-game series at Seattle tonight with Rich Hill on the mound, first pitch at 10:10 p.m.
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