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Tampa Bay Rays send Gimenez back to Durham

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Published:   |   Updated: March 26, 2013 at 07:21 AM

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PORT CHARLOTTE -

In the end, the option caught up with Rays catcher Chris Gimenez.

The Rays optioned Gimenez back to Triple-A Durham after Monday's game, leaving Jose Lobaton (out of options) and Jose Molina as the catching tandem to begin the season.

"Gimmy had a great camp," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He had a great end of the last season, also. Again, I can't deny there are rules in the game that make you do certain things at certain times. That's not denigrating Lobaton. I think Lobaton has done better as of late, also.

"But it is just one of those moments that occur in the game. As much as you don't like it it's just part of the business."

Gimenez, who batted .368 this spring, took the news well.

"It stinks that it's working out this way, but hey, it's a game and I've been around long enough to know why things happen," he said. "There's no reason to be upset. I did exactly what I want to do by coming in here and making it a tough decision for them, and it was. I give them all the credit in the world. They didn't lie. They shot me straight. They said the point where we're at the option is what got you.

"I think we all knew about it to some extent. It stinks, don't get me wrong. But you can't be mad at something like that. It's something you can't control."

Gimenez began the 2012 season with Durham for much the same reason but made two stints with the Rays, first when Lobaton went on the disabled list and again as a September call-up.

"If something happens I'll be there waiting," Gimenez said. "They said they fully anticipate me helping them win a lot of games this year at some point. It's a long season."

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