Injuries forced the Rays to make a few roster moves today. They moved Kevin Kiermaier to the 60-day DL, placed Matt Duffy on the 10-day DL, and called up Brandon Snyder from the Triple-A Durham Bulls.
Duffy, who was battling some hamstring tightness during Monday night’s game (who among us isn’t, am I right?), should only miss the minimum of ten days (as Brad Miller is expected to do), so with a couple of the Rays sexier young prospects still a few days away from key arbitration dates, the 31-year-old Snyder gets the call.
Snyder has 194 career MLB at bats, having played every position on the diamond sans second base and short stop in his brief, journeyman career. In his most recent MLB stint, in 2016, he slashed .239/.255/.652 (133 OPS+) in 46 at bats. He has bits of pop in his game, but his Triple-A slash line this year leaves a bit to be desired (.154/.267/.308). He likely will not be up on the big league roster for good, but hey who knows?
The Las Vegas native will get a chance to show what he’s got right off the bat, with a spot in Tuesday night’s starting lineup against Matt Moore and the Texas Rangers. First pitch is at 7:10, so tune in to see another 2018 Rays debut.