Maddon reveals plan for September callups

Maddon reveals plan for September callups

TORONTO -- The Rays announced their September callups on Friday. Joining the team will be infielder Reid Brignac, catcher Chris Gimenez, outfielder Rich Thompson, and left-hander Cesar Ramos.

All of the above were in the Rays' clubhouse Friday afternoon and all will be officially recalled on Saturday when rosters can be expanded.

In addition, right-hander Jeff Niemann will be activated from the 60-day disabled list to start against the Blue Jays on Saturday, with a corresponding roster move required to make room on the 40-man roster. Infielder Sean Rodriguez was recalled, but placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Manager Joe Maddon explained how he planned to use each.

According to Maddon, Brignac will need to stay ready for late-inning defense and he'll likely get a start or two when Ben Zobrist needs a day off.

Maddon cited the fact that Gimenez did a "great job against left-handers" and he said he was confident he will be able to pop Gimenez in for a start at catcher.

Thompson will be used primarily for pinch-running and late-inning defense. And Ramos will be utilized in long relief.