Needing a spot on the roster for Jeremy Hellickson, the Rays today placed Andy Sonnanstine on the DL with a strained left roster spot hamstring. The move is retroactive to July 23, so he is eligible to return on August 7. If he had been demoted, he would not have been eligible to return until August 13.

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  1. The Dude says:

    Hmmmmm. what a break. Go Rays.

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  2. Sledge says:

    How can they retro that far back? Date of his last appearance?

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      That is correct, but there must be a limit of 10 days. If they retro'd all the way to his last outing he could be back tomorrow (I think). So must be required to spend at least 5 days on the DL.

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  3. Beth says:

    So, does anyone monitor this DL stuff, anyway? Do you need a doctor's note?

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    • Connie says:

      i think it just has to be backed by medical documentation if MLB thinks it's fishy and decides to look into it. Ollie Perez conveniently went on the DL after struggling very badly and a day after the Mets were trying to find a roster spot to bring up Jon Niese. MLB announced an official investigation into Ollie's injury because that situation "needed clarification"

      http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/2010/06/05/2010-06-05_perez_on_15day_dl_with_knee_tendinitis.html

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  4. robert says:

    just wondering but do you think that Garza and Shields were looking in the rear view mirror and saw Hellboy coming down the road? fear can be a great inspiration.

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  5. Connie says:

    Poor Sonny, always the one getting picked on. He should have gone on the DL for a strained bobblehead-altering arm tendon.

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    • Beth says:

      I'd also like to take a moment to appreciate Andy Sonnanstine. Not that I'm comfortable when he's on the mound, but he seems to handle his huge demotion with some grace. Let's hope the Rays find a nice national league team (didn't he once strike out like 7 Marlins in a row? And doesn't he hit about .300? National league would be perfect) that needs a fifth starter.

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  6. Dew says:

    Nice. Dan Johnson will be up tomorrow. Hellboy pitched a great game but is going back down.

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  7. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Gotta love baseball, this being one of the reason why! Hopefully, Andy's (cough, cough) injury isn't life threatening or anything.

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