Loney to DL; Dykstra Recalled
The Rays have placed James Loney on the disabled list retroactive to April 7th and have recalled first baseman Allan Dykstra. Loney was scratched before Tuesday’s game with what was originally called a precautionary move due to side soreness. After further examination, the team diagnosed the injury as a mild oblique strain.
Dykstra turns 28 next month and yet has fewer than 450 plate appearances above Double-A. Most of his production has come against right-handed pitching as he owns a .272/.418/.481 slash line over the past four seasons in the minor leagues. Dykstra’s high on base percentage is built off the strength of extremely high walk rates throughout his career as he has a career walk rate of 19%. He also owns a career strikeout rate of 25% in the minors that has incrementally improved as he has ascended through the minor leagues.
Dykstra is in the starting lineup tonight against Miguel Gonzalez and it is likely he will get most of the playing time against right-handed pitching while Logan Forsythe grabs the mitt against lefties. Dykstra gets this opportunity because Juan Francisco opted out of his deal to become a free agent. To clear the roster space, the team called up Burch Smith and immediately placed him on the 60-Day DL as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.