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Tampa Bay Rays Designate Oswaldo Arcia for Assignment

Arcia had to either be activated and placed on the active roster or designated for assignment

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Prior to tonight’s game against the Texas Rangers, the Tampa Bay Rays made a somewhat surprising roster move as they announced they have designated Oswaldo Arcia for assignment following his rehab stint with Port Charlotte.

The 25 year old Arcia joined the Rays in late June after he was designated for assignment by the Minnesota Twins, following an up-and-down three and a half years in the majors there.

In 21 games for the Rays this season, Arcia slashed .259/.328/.444 with two home runs over that time. The Rays placed him on the disabled list on July 29th with a right elbow strain.

By designating Arcia for assignment, the Rays have cleared a space on their 40-man roster. They'll now have 10 days to either trade, release, or outright Arica to the minor leagues. It stands to reason that if Arcia clears waivers and accepts his assignment to Durham, he'll rejoin the Rays on the first of September when rosters expand.