Marc Topkin is reporting that the Rays will call up Desmond Jennings, Jeremy Hellickson, Rocco Baldelli, Brad Hawpe and Dioner Navarro when rosters expand tomorrow.

The Rays plans for the Wednesday’s roster expansion are to add OF Desmond Jennings, OF/DH Rocco Baldelli, C Dioner Navarro, RHP Jeremy Hellickson and OF Brad Hawpe…They are also expected to bring up C Jose Lobaton, though he is likely headed to the DL, which will create additional roster flexibility at the end of the season.

In order to add Hawpe and Baldelli, the Rays will need to make room on the 40-man roster. Moving JP Howell to the 60-day DL would free up one spot. They could do the same with Jose Lobaton.



  1. Katie says:

    That's all good news but what about Jake McGee?.

  2. John S says:

    Baldelli, Hellboy and Navarro eligible for the playoffs right now. Jennings, Hawpe not yet

  3. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Good choices! These guys should be able to help the Rays.

    Hope McGee can come up to!

  4. Matt says:

    Take Fernando perez off the 40 man too and give it to a guy deserving like Elliot Johnson.

  5. Brett says:

    Speaking of 'nando, where has he been? High hopes for him two years ago, now he's dropped off the face of the earth.

  6. Leighroy says:

    How would they qualify for playoffs? AB's?

  7. Brendan says:

    Why not Elliot Johnson!! At least as a late replacement for Willie Aybar.Willie runs like he has a refrigerator strapped to his back. Elliot had 30 stolen bases and batted 314. He can pitch run and his defense won't hurt. The best part is Michael Kay and Joe Girardi both hate his guts.

  8. Sublime says:

    I'd actually like to see Navi instead of Shoppach, Dude couldn't throw me out! Plus, since he can't hit or play defense, I'd rather have Navi, he can at least throw someone out!

    • Beth says:

      I agree! In recent games we've seen Shoppach fail to block several pitches in the dirt, and last night Toronto -- not a big running team -- ran on him like crazy.

      And at least Navarro's at-bats usually end in weak pop-ups, which can occasionally fall in for bloop hits. Shoppach strikes out, literally, about 40% of the time (seriously, we did the math one day).

      Most Rays fans were eager to see the last of Navarro early this year. It's taken a really exceptional stink-up by Shoppach to make Navi look good to us.

  9. sunrisejeff says:

    Gotta agree with that....I'd like to see Dino get a shot back here as well. The guy may not be a great hitter but he usually calls a pretty good game and is by far the best defensive catcher we have imo.


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