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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Keppinger headed to DL, Rays acquire INF Drew Sutton
Posted May 21, 2012 by Tribune Sports
Updated May 21, 2012 at 05:19 PM
ST. PETERSBURG The Rays acquired INF Drew Sutton from the Pirates for a player to be named later.
The team is expected to place INF Jeff Keppinger on the disabled list with a toe injury.
Sutton was traded Sunday afternoon from the Braves Triple A team to the Pirates Triple A team. He was told Sunday night he was headed to the Rays and the major leagues.
Sutton can play all four infield positions and the outfield. He said second base is his best position.
Keppinger, who was struck on his toe by a foul ball during Saturday’s game, will be the 10th Ray to go on the disabled list.
Sutton, who turns 29 on June 30, was acquired yesterday by Pittsburgh from the Atlanta Braves, where he had spent the season playing for Gwinnett (AAA). He hit .270 (37-for-137) with 10 doubles, two triples and a .374 on-base percentage in 38 games for Gwinnett, playing mostly third base.
Sutton has spent parts of three seasons in the major leagues with the Cincinnati Reds (2009-10), Cleveland Indians (2010) and Boston Red Sox (2011) while spending time at all four infield positions as well as left field and right field. Over three stints with Boston in 2011, he hit .315 (17-for-51) with seven RBI, seven doubles, 11 runs scored and a .444 slugging percentage in 31 games, appearing most often at third base (eight games) and second base (seven). He is a career .258 (41-for-159) hitter with three home runs, 24 RBI, 12 doubles and a .403 slugging percentage.
Sutton was selected out of Baylor University by the Houston Astros in the 15th round of the 2004 June Draft, the same year the Astros drafted Ben Zobrist.