Rays optioning Christian Arroyo to minors, making room for Joey Wendle’s return

Wendle is likely to be available Thursday for the first time in seven weeks.
DIRK SHADD   |   TimesTampa Bay Rays third baseman Christian Arroyo (22) is unable to come up with the out as Oakland Athletics Khris Davis (2) is safe at third on a sacrifice fly hit by Stephen Piscotty (25) during the fourth inning at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
DIRK SHADD | TimesTampa Bay Rays third baseman Christian Arroyo (22) is unable to come up with the out as Oakland Athletics Khris Davis (2) is safe at third on a sacrifice fly hit by Stephen Piscotty (25) during the fourth inning at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
Published June 12

ST. PETERSBURG —The Rays are optioning infielder Christian Arroyo to Triple-A Durham, creating roster space to activate infielder Joey Wendle from the injured list before Thursday’s series opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

In Wednesday’s 6-2 loss to Oakland, Arroyo, a Hernando High product, recorded his first multihit game since being recalled on May 30. He was just 8-for-36 in his latest big-league stint and struggled defensively at third base, making errors in consecutive starts on June 1-2.

The Rays have yet to announce they are sending Arroyo back to the minors, but the International League transaction wire showed the move dated for Thursday.

Wendle, who has been on the injured list since April 25 after he suffered a fractured wrist when he was hit by a pitch from Royals right-hander Jake Diekman, is expected to be activated before Thursday’s game.

Wendle returned from his minor-league rehab assignment on Wednesday. He was 7-for-15 with one home run in four rehab games with high Class-A Charlotte and Triple-A Durham.

The Rays could also add right-hander reliever Andrew Kittredge to bolster the bullpen.

Kittredge was transferred to the taxi squad on Wednesday from the Triple-A Durham roster, meaning the Rays have until 3 p.m. Thursday to officially add him to the 25-man roster of he returns to the minors.

Kittredge has posted a 1.93 ERA in 27 appearances (26 in relief) in Durham. He’s recorded 55 strikeouts and just six walks over 37 1/3 innings with the Bulls this season, holding opponents to a .182 batting average.

The Rays would have to make a corresponding move to add Kittredge.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.

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