Advertisement

 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -Tampa Bay rookie third baseman Akinori Iwamura was activated from the 15-day disabled list before Monday night's game against the Detroit Tigers. To make room on the roster, the Devil Rays optioned outfielder Jonny Gomes to Triple-A Durham.
Iwamura, a former star in Japan, was the club's biggest offseason acquisition and was batting .339 with one homer and five RBIs through 17 games when he strained a muscle in his right side swinging the bat on April 23.
Gomes, who disagreed with the decision to send him to the minors, was batting .184 with one homer and five RBIs in 49 at-bats, primarily as a designated hitter.
``I'm pretty bummed out. ... They wanted for me to go down and get at-bats. I thought I could get at-bats here,'' Gomes said.
``It's tough. It's tough for me. It's tough for him. It's tough for everybody,'' Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said after meeting with Gomes. ``But it was a consensus opinion that it was the right thing to do.''
Demoting Gomes leaves the team with just three full-time outfielders on the active roster - Carl Crawford, Elijah Dukes and Delmon Young. Second baseman B.J. Upton has made three starts in center field and likely will move there on days that Maddon wants to rest Crawford, Dukes or Young.

Recent MLB Discussions

Advertisement

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Angels' Weaver eyes turnaround vs. BoSox David Price and Jered Weaver used to be at the top of baseball’s pitching heap. As the two square off tonight, though, they’re just hoping to find some...
Thumbnail Nationals vs. Giants Free Pick The Giants are in a massive funk but with Johnny Cueto on the mound, will they beat the Nationals tonight at 10:15PM ET?
Thumbnail White Sox vs. Cubs Prediction Will the Cubs earn a split against the White Sox when the cross-town rivals meet again tonight at 8:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Fernandez, Fish welcome Cards to town Between Dee Gordon’s return to the Miami lineup and Ichiro Suzuki’s pursuit of hit No. 3,000, St. Louis righty Michael Wacha promises to have his hands full...
Thumbnail Rockies vs. Mets Predictions With the total sitting at 7 runs, will the Rockies and Mets play under the number when the meet at 1:10PM ET?
More inMLB Articles  
Advertisement

MLB Team Pages