Outfielder Brandon Guyer will join the Rays tonight in Baltimore, filling the roster spot that was vacated after Jeff Niemann was placed on the disabled list.
The Rays won't officially announce the move until the team arrives this afternoon at Camden Yards for the first game of the three-game weekend series with the Orioles.
Promoting Guyer means the Rays expect center fielder B.J. Upton to be suspended for a few days for the tantrum he threw Wednesday night after being called out on strikes in the ninth inning. Upton threw his bat, batting helmet and batting gloves and had to be restrained from going after home plate umpire Chad Fairchild by third base coach Tom Foley and bench coach Dave Martinez.
Guyer was given the news after Thursday's Durham Bulls game.
Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo called Guyer into his office after the game and delivered the good news. Montoyo began by talking about Guyer's unsuccessful bunt attempt in the eighth inning.
"And then I said, 'Oh, by the way, you're going to the big leagues," Montoyo told the Durham Herald-Sun.
Guyer said he never expected the promotion.
"Everyone who plays this game, that is the ultimate dream. I can't really explain it. I'm just really excited right now. I'll try to make the most of the opportunity and we'll see what happens," Guyer told the Herald-Sun.
How long Guyer stays with the Rays won't be learned until this afternoon.
He might be with the team to ride out Upton's suspension then head back to Durham.
The Rays are going to need another pitcher at some point to replace Niemann's spot in the rotation.
If Andy Sonnanstine is moved to the rotation, then the Rays need a reliever to replace Sonnanstine's spot in the bullpen.
If not, then the Rays need a starter from Durham to replace Niemann.