The Tampa Bay Rays activated Daniel Robertson prior tonight’s series opener against the New York Yankees. For the corresponding roster move, the Rays optioned Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham.
The Rays had placed Robertson on the 10-day disabled list on June 9th with an oblique strain. He went through a very brief rehab assignment with the Durham Bulls. It has been a breakout campaign for Robertson thus far in 2018.
The former top infield prospect has played in 56 games for the Rays and has hit 7 HR while he is slashing .257/.385/.423 over 213 plate appearances. At one point in time, he was among the league leaders in on-base percentage and wRC+.
His return to the Rays active roster brings a lot more questions than answers as the Rays now feature an impressive logjam of middle infielders with a lack of playing time for all of them.
Now the Rays will have to find starting time for Joey Wendle, Daniel Robertson, Willy Adames, and Adeiny Hechavarria, all of whom are capable of being starting infielders for most teams across the league.
In other news, Rob Refsynder has cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. He has been out-righted to Triple-A, although where he plays is unclear, as Joe McCarthy has been developing well at his left field position. Danny and Darby discussed McCarthy on the June podcast.