Two days after he was designated for assignment, first baseman Allan Dykstra has been outrighted to Triple-A Durham by the Rays. He had been demoted to make room for James Loney. The 27-year-old Dykstra managed just four hits in 31 at-bats during his brief tenure with Tampa Bay this year.
The Rays called up pitcher Everett Teaford from Triple-A Durham on Saturday. Teaford was 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA at Durham this season. He hasn't pitched in the Majors since he was with Kansas City in 2013. To make room on the roster for Teaford on the 40-man roster, the Rays designated first baseman Allan Dykstra for assignment. Dykstra hit .129 in 31 at bats for the Rays this season.
The Rays removed first baseman James Loney and pitcher Drew Smyly from the 15-day disabled list Friday, according to the MLB.com transactions page. Loney has been dealing with an oblique injury, while a shouler injury has kept Smyly sidelined. He is set to make his season debut Friday against the Blue Jays. "He's worked really hard to get back here, he's chomping at the bit, and we have to be smart with him," Rays manager Kevin Cash said, per MLB Network Radio. "We'll be cautious." Meanwhile, with Smyly and Loney no longer on the disabled list, the team sent Mike Mahtook and Allan Dykstra to their Triple-A affiliate.
The Rays optioned first baseman Allan Dykstra and outfielder Mikie Mahtook after Thursday's 2-1 win over the Red Sox. The two players are being sent down with pitcher Drew Smyly and first baseman James Loney set to return from the disabled list Friday. Dykstra hit .129/.286/.226 with one home run and four RBI in 31 at-bats while seeing time at first base. Mahtook didn't get into Thursday's game after joining the team earlier in the day. He's 1 for 4 with one home run in four games with the Rays.
Rays second baseman Ryan Brett left Tuesday's game against the Red Sox with a partially dislocated left shoulder injury, according to the Tampa Tribune. The injury, officially diagnosed as a subluxation, occurred while Brett was in the process of getting picked off as a runner at first base. Allan Dykstra has replaced Brett, going into play first base while Logan Forsythe moves from first base to second.