The Rays have selected the contract of infielder Brandon Snyder and placed third baseman Matt Duffy on the 10-day disabled list, tweets MLB.com’s Bill Chastain. Kevin Kiermaier, who is undergoing thumb surgery and figures to miss upwards of three months, was moved to the 60-day disabled list to open a 40-man spot for Snyder.
Duffy exited yesterday’s game with discomfort in his hamstring. The infielder told reporters that the injury isn’t serious, and it seems as if he expects to return after a minimal stay on the disabled list (Twitter link via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times). Snyder and Daniel Robertson could pick up the bulk of the at-bats at the hot corner in his absence.
Snyder, 31, will get the call to the big leagues over some potential longer-term options for the Rays — most notably Christian Arroyo, whom the team acquired in the offseason Evan Longoria trade with the Giants. Arroyo hasn’t exactly come out of the gates and forced his way into big league consideration, posting just a .499 OPS through the season’s first few games.
Snyder will be stepping onto a big league field for the first time since 2016, when he made 47 plate appearances for the rebuilding Braves. The former Orioles prospect was the 13th overall pick back in the 2005 draft but has yet to tally even 70 plate appearances in a single big league season. He’s a career .242/.279/.459 hitter with nine homers in just 205 big league plate appearances and a .259/.326/.426 hitter in 2353 Triple-A plate appearances.