INF Trevor Plouffe didn't do much with the opportunity the Rays gave him, and time ran out Tuesday when he was designated for assignment after the game.
Plouffe hit just .178, with one homer and two RBIs, in 31 games for the Rays, his primary playing time from starting at first or third against lefties.
But he became somewhat expendable when the Rays at the trade deadline acquired Lucas Duda, who provides a capable, albeit also left-handed, option to Logan Morrison, and then Saturday added another right-handed bat in claiming oF Cesar Puello off waivers from the Angels.
If Plouffe clears waivers, which seems likely, the Rays could send him to Triple-A to play regulary then recall him Sept. 1 when rosters expand.
The Rays needed to open a spot on the roster on Thursday to activate RHP Alex Cobb from the DL for his start, but took action Tuesday so they could add RHP Andrew Kittredge to the bullpen for the day to provide backup as RHP Austin Pruitt is starting coming off a rough outing.
Plouffe, who spent the bulk of his career with the Twins, was acquired in a June 17 cash considerations trade with the A's, who also had DFA'd him.
Kittredge made his big-league debut with the Rays in July, posting a 5.40 ERA in four appearances. At Triple-A Durham, he is 6-1, 1.55 in 38 games.