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Rays Notes: Escobar on DL, could be back July 11

Published:   |   Updated: July 2, 2014 at 06:41 AM

— The Rays waited until after Monday’s 12-inning win ended to announce SS Yunel Escobar was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder soreness.

The move is retroactive to June 25, which will allow him to be activated July 11. Manager Joe Maddon said he expects Escobar to be ready to return by then.

Escobar put the shoulder to the test during Monday’s batting practice, but he was not able to throw at 100 percent.

“One of his major strengths is his arm strength and his ability to throw well,” Maddon said. “Why would you want to lose that tool by trying to rush back right now?”

Help arrives for bullpen

LHP Jeff Beliveau was recalled from Triple-A Durham to take Escobar’s spot on the roster.

Maddon said the decision to add another reliever was based on the amount of work by the bullpen in the past several games.

LHP Cesar Ramos will likely leave the team this week for the birth of his first child, but Maddon said adding the lefty to the bullpen was to fill the immediate need.

“Is it going to be short term? I’m not sure exactly,” Maddon said. “I think once our bullpen gets in order again, if we want to reconsider we can.”

This is Beliveau’s third stint with the Rays. He was recalled on two separate occasions during the first road trip. He’s pitched in two games and retired all six batters he’s faced.

Noteworthy

In the spirit of U.S.’s World Cup match Tuesday against Belgium, bench coach Dave Martinez sprayed red, white and blue hair dye on rookies OF Kevin Kiermaier, RHP Kirby Yates and INF Cole Figueroa. ... 2B Logan Forsythe tied the team record for assists in a game with 10 during Monday’s win. Former 2B Miguel Cairo recorded 10 assists twice. ... Kiermaier on Monday joined Jorge Cantu as the only Rays to homer during their first plate appearance at Yankee Stadium. ... Maddon said he used Figueroa as the DH Tuesday because he wanted to get him some playing time but wanted to keep the infield intact.

Roger Mooney

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