ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays added some versatile depth Thursday by calling up Miles Mastrobuoni from Triple-A for his first stint in the majors.
Mastrobuoni, 26, is a left-handed hitter who can play pretty much anywhere on the field. To make room on the active roster, Rene Pinto, who had been serving as the third catcher, was optioned back to Durham. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-hander Kevin Herget was designated for assignment.
With Yandy Diaz out of the lineup for a third straight day due to a left shoulder issue, Mastrobuoni will provide additional depth. In 129 games at Durham, he hit .300 with 16 homers, 64 RBIs, 23 steals and an .846 OPS.
JT Chargois will be the opener for tonight’s game against the Blue Jays, with lefty Ryan Yarbrough expected to work bulk innings. Jose Berrios is starting for Toronto, which is two games ahead of Tampa Bay in the American League wild-card standings.
Here is the Rays’ lineup:
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