ST. PETERSBURG -- After Monday night's 4-2 win over the Twins, the Rays optioned Jeremy Hellickson back to Triple-A Durham and selected infielder Dan Johnson from the Durham roster.
"We brought [Johnson] up and he'll be up for tomorrow," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Here's a guy who is having one of the better Minor League seasons in recent history. We've always liked him. We're fortunate to have him. Having a guy like him permitted us to set a higher bar regarding potential acquisitions prior to the [Trade] Deadline."
Johnson was hitting .303 with 30 home runs and 95 RBIs in 98 games for the Bulls this season. With Carlos Pena nursing a sore right foot, Johnson is likely to see action at first base Tuesday night.
Rays fans best remember Johnson for his heroics on Sept. 9, 2008, the day he was selected from Durham to join the club in Boston. He arrived at Fenway Park at game time after flight delays. In his first at-bat for the Rays, he hit a game-tying pinch-hit home run off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, and the Rays went on to win, 5-4.
Johnson was named Durham's Player of the Year in 2008 and played in Japan during the '09 season.