This afternoon, the Tampa Bay Rays announced that short stop, Matt Duffy, will be beginning a rehab assignment tomorrow with the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Matt Duffy was placed on the 10-day DL at the beginning of the season.
The Rays acquired Duffy at the trade deadline along with a couple of prospects in exchange for Matt Moore. Duffy played in just over 20 games down the stretch last year for the Rays before being shutdown to undergo surgery on his heel with the hope he’d be ready in time for the 2017 season. However, his heel nagged him at the onset of spring training and he began the year on the DL.
Once Duffy returns, there is a question as to whose spot on the active roster he takes. Tim Beckham has stepped up as the every day short stop, while Daniel Robertson has been fantastic in a back-up role. Meanwhile, there’s the outside possibility that the Rays could let go of Peter Bourjos in order to keep both Beckham and Robertson on the roster.
There is still plenty of time for the Rays to decide as Duffy will take at least two weeks, according to the short stop himself.