The Rays were not sure what they were going to do with the 32-year-old infielder, so he sat tight in Milwaukee while waiting for further instructions from the Rays, who could have sent him to Triple-A Durham or had him join them in Philadelphia.
Obviously, the Rays chose the latter, and Conrad was in uniform Friday night.
Conrad was batting .075 with two home runs and six RBIs in two stints with the Brewers this season. Those numbers have been countered by what he's accomplished at Triple-A Nashville this season, where he hit .405 with 10 home runs and 28 RBIs.
"That's the part of baseball that's kind of crazy," Conrad said. "Moving up and down and all over the place. Another team signs you, but it all works out for best in the end."
Conrad, who came close to signing with the Rays during the offseason, can play third base, second, first, outfield, and serve as an emergency catcher. So when he arrived on Friday, he had five gloves with him.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said he will use Conrad at second, third, first and as a pinch-hitter.