The St. Pete Times is reporting that that Jonny Gomes will be placed on the DL and will miss the rest of the season, and Delmon Young will take his place on the roster. The move which could happen as early as this afternoon would have Young make his major league debut in right field Tuesday night when the Rays begin a 3-game series in Chicago against the White Sox. This move has been speculated about for weeks and looked to be a near-certainty to happen on September 1st when the roster can expand to 40. The Rays will use the last 5 weeks of the season to see if if the 20-year old, former 1st overall pick, can be the everyday right fielder in 2007.
This is a move that needed to happen. If anything, the team needs Delmon Young in right field to make sure there are fannies in the seats the last month of the season. With the team’s anemic performance since the All-Star break, attendance has fallen considerably. Attendance is up nearly 30% over last year, but the number of fans attending games in recent weeks has been painfully low. During the most recent 4-game series against the Rangers, attendance was less than 10,000 for each game. With the Rays losing column inches to the Buccaneers, Delmon Young is a player that can keep the team in the news and bring fans to the park.
Young’s callup appears near. [St. Pete Times]