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Tampa Bay Rays activate Brad Miller, place Tim Beckham on the disabled list

“And Beckham makes the tag, bah gawd here comes Miller!”

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to tonight’s game against the Boston Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays have announced that they have activated Brad Miller from the 10-day disabled list and have placed Tim Beckham on the disabled list with a left ankle sprain.

Brad Miller entered the season as the Rays starting second baseman, coming off a breakout 2016 campaign in which he blasted 30 home runs. However, his 2017 season got off to a less than stellar start as he has only slashed .194/.343/.302 with 2 home runs over 42 games and had actually played below replacement level.

It will be a tough blow for the Rays as they lose Tim Beckham, who is having his best year in the majors thus far in his brief major league career. He has already put up more fWAR than he has in any year’s past. His defense has been shaky at some times, but acceptable, especially with his offensive contributions.

Beckham shouldn’t be out too long as his DL stint will be retroactive to yesterday, so he’ll be eligible to return just two games after the All-Star break, meaning a minimum of six games.

Miller went on the disabled list back in early June, but that was just after returning from a month long DL stint. Since May 16th, Miller has only played in three games.