Keppinger to restricted list; Rays add Guyer

Keppinger to restricted list; Rays add Guyer

Keppinger to restricted list; Rays add Guyer
NEW YORK -- Following Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the Yankees, the Rays placed Jeff Keppinger on the restricted list due to a personal matter and recalled outfielder Brandon Guyer from Triple-A Durham.

Keppinger, who signed with the Rays as a free agent on Jan. 26, started at third base on Tuesday night and went 1-for-3 to raise his average to .313 for the season. The club believes Keppinger's absence will be short term.

Rays manager Joe Maddon explained the move.

"What it does is just gives us another right-handed bat for now," Maddon said.

Guyer was hitting .294 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 22 games for Triple-A Durham.