Following last night's game, the Rays placed Enny Romero on the disabled list due to a back strain. As the clubhouse opened this afternoon, they also announced that Desmond Jennings would be placed on the disabled list due to a left knee contusion. In their place, the Rays have activated Mikie Mahtook, and have also recalled Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Durham.
Romero this year has been a bit of a let down as a solid spring and decent first month of the season, Romero's control has abandoned him as he has a 15% walk rate since April 30th. Meanwhile, his strikeout numbers also haven't been what was expected as he has just struck out 22% of opposing hitters this year.
This will be Farquhar's fifth stint with the club this year as he has been optioned four times and even designated for assignment once so far this season. He hasn't pitched too effectively in the majors or minors this year with obviously better results in the minors. Thus far with the Rays has allowed eight runs on 14 hits in just under 11 innings pitched. He has allowed six homers during that short timespan.
It's another lost season for Desmond Jennings as has just not been able to avoid the disabled list and he's on the shelf once again, this time with a knee contusion. The Rays actually just activated him a few days ago on the 31st after he had already missed another month of play. Since August 29th, 2014, Jennings has played in just 31% of the Rays game (93 of 298). So far this year, he has played in just 65 of the team's 109 games and he's slashed .200/.281/.350 with seven homers over that time.
Replacing Jennings will be Mikie Mahtook, whose been activated from his trip to the disabled list. After lighting the world on fire last September with his play, 2016 has been a disappointment for Mahtook who just cannot seem to get going this year as he has struggled for the Rays, while continuing to hit well in Durham. In 70 plates appearances over 24 games this year, Mahtook has hit .154/.200/.185.