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Tampa Bay Rays place 1B Ji-Man Choi on the IL, promote INF Mike Brosseau

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Brosseau joins the Rays to help fill in for the injured Choi and Brandon Lowe

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays have placed first baseman Ji-Man Choi on the 10-day Injured List with a left ankle strain and they have selected the contract of infielder Mike Brosseau from Triple-A Durham. Brosseau provides the Rays with another infielder, to help fill the void that will also be left by Brandon Lowe, who had to use crutches after being taken out of Tuesday night’s game after drilling a foul ball into his knee.

Brosseau rejoins the Rays after a stellar first stint in the major leagues, as he recorded three hits — two doubles — during his eight plate appearances over three games. He was crushing the ball during his time in Triple-A this season as he hit .317/.408/.590 with 15 HR over 292 plate appearances.

Thus far in 2019, Choi was hitting .266/.351/.423 with 9 HR over 279 plate appearances, registering a 111 wRC+ and has accrued a total of 0.5 fWAR over 70 games played.

Brandon Lowe’s injury will hopefully not require a stint on the Injured List as the Rays second baseman is among the front runners for the American League Rookie of the Year award, having put up an excellent season thus far.

After a merciless June schedule in which the Rays played 29 games in 30 days, the All-Star break has nearly arrived, giving the Rays a much needed four days off.