Tampa Bay Rays keep busy on their day off.
The Rays added some depth to the roster by acquiring INF/OF Michael Martinez from the Indians on Thursday. In exchange for the 34-year-old utility-man, the Rays will send a PTBNL or cash.
Second baseman Brad Miller (abdominal strain) has been placed on the 10-day DL, retro-active to May 16. He will be eligible to return to action next weekend when the team travels to Minnesota.
Rays broadcaster, Neil Solondz explained the day’s transaction.
#Rays have acquired UTIL Michael Martinez for PTBNL or cash from CLE, placed Brad Miller on DL retro to 5/16 with left abominal strain
— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) May 18, 2017
In order to make room on the 40-man roster the Rays transferred left-handed relief pitcher Xavier Cedeno (forearm) from the 10-day to the 60-day DL. The move gives Tampa Bay versatility on the field. Martinez has played parts of seven big-league seasons with the Phillies, Pirates, Indians, and Red Sox. He has seen time all over the diamond. In fact, he has played every position at the major-league level except for catcher and first base.
Yes, he even saw time on the mound.
In 15 games this season, Martinez has put up a .364/.462/.455 slash-line. This marks the fifth different team that Martinez has played for in as many years.
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Friday night Martinez hopes to do something that he has never done in his career – enter the batters box at Tropicana Field. It is the only stadium that he is yet to recorded a plate-appearance.