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Rays' Peralta drops suspension appeal

Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 06:37 PM

The Rays made a flurry of moves Friday afternoon. Joel Peralta dropped his appeal and will begin serving his eight-game suspension immediately.

Matt Joyce was placed on the disabled list with a sore lower left back. Brandon Gomes was recalled and takes Peralta's spot in the bullpen and Joyce's spot on the roster.

Also, infielder Brooks Conrad, claimed Thursday off waivers from Milwaukee, was added to the roster. Jeff Keppinger was activated from the DL.

To make room for those two, Rich Thompson was optioned to Triple-A Durham and Drew Sutton was designated for assignment.

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