Rays put Brad Miller on DL, acquire Michael Martinez from Indians
The Rays placed 2B Brad Miller on the 10-day DL with a left abdominal strain and acquired INF/OF Michael Martinez from the Indians to take his place on the roster.
The Rays don't expect Miller to be out long; rookie Daniel Robertson is expected to take over as the primary second baseman in his absence.
Martinez, who had been DFA'd by the Indians, was acquired for cash or a player to be named.
Miller, who felt a tweak on Monday, was examined by Dr. Koco Eaton and underwent an MRI on Thursday. His DL move - the first of his career - is backdated to Tuesday, making him eligible to return as soon as May 26 in Minnesota. How he feels will be the determiner, but the Rays don't expect an extended absence.
Martinez, 34, has played parts of seven seasons in the majors, and can play second and third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions. He is out of options so his stay could be short, but the Rays have been intrigued previously by his versatility. Plus, with SS Matt Duffy set back in his rehab, Martinez gives them additional experienced depth.
To make room for Martinez on the 40-man roster, the Rays transferred LHP Xavier Cedeno to the 60-day DL.
Another option to trading for Martinez would have been to promote top prospect Willy Adames from Triple-A, but the combination of his performance to this point in his first season at Durham - .223 with two homers, 14 RBIs, .651 OPS - and likely bench duty worked against him.
Also, the Rays are planning to promote RHP Jose De Leon to Triple-A next week. He had been pitching at advanced Class A Charlotte after working his way back from a late-spring flexor issue.