Last night, following their victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, the Tampa Bay Rays designated 1B/3B Trevor Plouffe for assignment. In his place, the Rays have recalled RHP Andrew Kittredge from Triple-A Durham.
The Rays acquired Plouffe from the Oakland Athletics in early June, and he started his Rays tenure off fine, recording a hit in his first four games for Tampa Bay, including a home run. However, since June 27th, he has slashed .150/.239/.167 with just one extra base hit over 67 plate appearances, good for a 11 wRC+.
During his time with the Rays, Plouffe served as a backup first baseman and third baseman, and was supposed to be a potent bat against left-handed pitching, but the Rays will look elsewhere for that production with the recent acquisition of Cesar Puello from the Los Angeles Angels.
Andrew Kittredge is returning to the Rays for the third time this season, after being promoted for his major league debut just after the All-Star Break. He had his second stop in the show towards the end of July. So far, he has logged just over three innings pitched in the majors, surrendering a total of two runs on six hits, including a homer. Meanwhile, he has been fantastic in Durham this season, as he currently possesses a 1.55 ERA and a 2.22 FIP to go along with a 28.6 K% and 6.1 BB%. He has given up just 2 HR over 63 innings pitched this season.