Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Guyer on DL with shoulder injury
Posted May 16, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 16, 2012 at 08:34 PM
ST. PETERSBURG OF Brandon Guyer became the ninth Ray to be placed on the disabled – and third this week – when he was sent there Wednesday because of a left shoulder strain he suffered Sunday while taking swings in the batting cage underneath Camden Yards.
“It was one of those things we were going to let go day-to-day and see how it responded, but in the last couple of days it was pretty clear that he was going to need some time off,” executive vice president of baseball Andrew Friedman said before Wednesday’s game with the visiting Red Sox.
Guyer’s injury forced Friedman to look outside the organization for another outfielder. He came up with Rich Thompson, who he acquired from Phillies Triple A affiliate for OF Kyle Hudson, who was with the Rays Double A team in Montgomery.
To make room on the 40-man for Thompson, the Rays moved Jeff Niemann (broken right leg) to the 60-day DL.
Friedman said Thompson is a true center fielder, which gives the Rays depth behind B.J. Upton.
“I think where we’re at right now with our second string, third string and fourth string center fielders being on the DL we felt was really important to get someone we felt really comfortable with in center field in the event that something happens to B.J. or B.J. needs a day off or whatever it is and didn’t feel as comfortable taking guys like Elliot (Johnson) and (Ben Zobrist) out of what they’re doing well to put them out there,” Friedman said, “so Rich is a guy whose key attribute is his speed and he uses it extremely well both offensively and defensively. So profile-wise he fit in really well with us.”