Prior to this afternoon’s contest between the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies, the Rays announced that they will be placing catcher Wilson Ramos and reliever Shawn Tolleson on the 60-day disabled list to start the season.
The moves allow the rays two clear two roster spots on the 40-man roster, which they’ll immediately fill by adding Rickie Weeks and Tommy Hunter to the roster. The Rays however will also need to clear at least one other spot to accommodate Jesus Sucre.
The Rays signed both Tolleson and Ramos this past off-season. Ramos had a career year last year, but tore his ACL during the final days of the 2016 season and required surgery, thus falling into the Rays price range. Ramos is still recovering from the surgery, but should begin his rehab assignment sometime in May.
Tolleson meanwhile also struggled with injuries the 2016 season. He only pitched in five spring training games for the Rays this year, but has been bothered by a bad back since the Rays entered camp in February.
The Rays are allowed to backdate the disabled list three day prior to Opening Day so that would be put Wilson Ramos and Tolleson eligible to return on June 1st.