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Rays notes: Guyer's on-field distraction

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 05:40 AM
NEW YORK -

Brandon Guyer was recalled from Triple-A by the Tampa bay Rays on Wednesday to fill infielder Jeff Keppinger's spot on the roster after Keppinger was placed on the restricted list and returned home to attend to a personal matter.

Guyer said his involvement in the alleged DUI hit-and-run with bodily injury involving Matt Bush and the $5 million lawsuit against him by the family of Tony Tufano were very much on his mind when he began the season at Durham. Bush was driving Guyer's SUV at the time of the crash.

"I never had anything catastrophic happen off the field," Guyer said. "That's why the beginning of the season, just trying to get over it, mentally, just trying to block it out when I got to the field was a challenge."

Guyer was batting .191 until he got hot and hit .421 during his last 10 games with the Bulls raised his average to a respectable .294.

Keppinger could return to the team as early as tonight, which means Guyer's stay in the big leagues could last one game.

"I realize it can be a day like last (July)," he said, "but I dreamed of being in the big leagues so I can't complain."

Jennings pinch hits 

LF Desmond Jennings (sprained left knee) Jennings pinch hit for Elliot Johnson with runners on first and third in the eighth inning Wednesday and flied out to left to end the inning.

Jennings played with a brace on his knee, which he said felt weird while running Tuesday on a treadmill.

"I'm not used to wearing a brace, but if it's going to help me play out there it's something I'm going to have to do." He said. "The pain was minimized, so that was good."

Earlier Wednesday, he ran some arcs around the infield and said he is close to returning to the starting lineup.

"Soon," he said. "I feel like very soon. I can't pinpoint a day (but) it feels all right."

Noteworthy

OF/DH Hideki Matsui was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk Wednesday during his first extended spring game. … SS Sean Rodriguez, RHP James Shields and Price raised $1,200 for the Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday while playing home run derby at the MLB Fan Cave in New York. Shields and Price filmed another commercial, which apparently was a prank, with Rodriguez in on the prank.

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