Rays Activate Brad Hawpe; Option Andy Sonnanstine To Hudson Valley | The Process Report

Rays Activate Brad Hawpe; Option Andy Sonnanstine To Hudson Valley

Well the Rays didn’t do much on the field tonight, but they did make one move after the game. The team activated newly acquired Brad Hawpe and optioned Andy Sonnanstine down to Hudson Valley.

Obviously, the Rays aren’t sending Sonnanstine to rookie ball as a demotion, but as a necessity. With tonight’s deadline to add players on the 25-man roster for playoff eligibility, Hawpe had to be added by midnight. By optioning Sonnanstine, the Rays do that and don’t lose much in terms of the current roster. Sonnanstine pitched three innings tonight which makes him unavailable for several days.

With the option to Hudson Valley, he is eligible to return after that affiliate’s season ends which is Sunday. This means Sonny will likely be back with the Rays by Monday – avoiding the 10-day rule which states a player cannot be recalled within 10 days of being optioned unless there is an injury to a player of the same position (pitchers for pitchers, position player for position player). At the same time, this means he is not eligible for the playoff roster, but there was little chance of him making it anyway.

Despite this being the only move of the day, the Rays will be making several more moves. Tomorrow will mark the first wave of call-ups from Durham with another wave expected in a week or two. It is being reported that Desmond Jennings, Jeremy Hellickson, Rocco Baldelli, Dioner Navarro, and Jose Lobaton(transfer to MLB DL to make room for Baldelli) will get the call.

The one obvious name missing is Jake McGee. The plan for McGee is unknown, but there is a decent chance he is included in the second wave. That said, with Hellickson and McGee not getting called up before the 8/31 deadline, only one of them can use the J.P. Howell roster exemption. Right now, one would guess that goes to Hellickson. Meanwhile, the Rays could still add McGee if they placed another pitcher on the DL during the month of September.

There sure looked like something was wrong with Lance Cormier tonight, didn’t it?

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