Rays Close To Being At Full Strength
The Tampa Bay Rays have played most of the last few months without Wil Myers, David DeJesus, and Ryan Hanigan. While Myers has returned to the lineup both DeJesus and Hanigan are both still on the disabled list.
The good news is that both men have begun their minor league rehab assignments and barring any setback should each return to the Rays in the next week to 10 days.
David DeJesus had appeared in 62 games and was hitting .269/.367/.440 when he went on the disabled list on June 19th after fracturing his hand on a check swing attempt.
Ryan Hanignan has appeared in 61 games and was hitting .212/.309/.327 when he hit the disabled list on July 17th (retroactive to July 9th) with a left oblique strain.
Both DeJesus and Hanigan were in the lineup for the Rays Class-A affiliate Charlotte Stone Crabs as they took on the Fort Myers Miracle.
DeJesus was playing in his third rehab game (2nd with Stone Crabs) and went 1 for 2 with a pair of walks playing seven innings in left field while Hanigan was appearing in his second rehab game played the full game at DH and went 0 for 4.
“He’s getting really close,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said of Ryan Hanigan. “As long as there’s no setback, three of four days maybe. We have to get him playing fully in a game situation before we can really make that decision. But if everything goes well, it shouldn’t be that long.”
“He might be closer to the actual roster expansion,” Maddon said of the return date for David DeJesus. “He has been out a long time, and his situation is a little bit different being an outfielder and a designated hitter.”