The Rays have stated that they would make their second wave of September call-ups once the Durham Bulls conclude their season. The Bulls will play the decisive fifth game of the first-round of the International League playoffs this afternoon.
However, even if the Bulls do move on to the Governor’s Cup Finals, the Rays may make their final promotions tomorrow, rather than wait for the conclusion of the playoffs.
Adam Sobsey of IndyWeek.com reports that double-A relief pitcher Dane de la Rosa and infielder Drew Anderson have been in uniform for the Bulls during the playoffs despite not being listed on the active roster. Sobsey speculates that Jake McGee and Elliot Johnson will be promoted at the conclusion of this playoff series and that de la Rosa and Anderson will replace McGee and Johnson in the Finals.
Johnson hit .319 (2nd in the IL) with a .375 OBP and 30 steals. He has previous big league experience, having played seven games with the Rays at the start of the 2008 season.
McGee, who missed much of the 2008 and 2009 seasons following Tommy John surgery, struck out 27 batters and walked just 3 in 17.1 innings since being promoted to triple-A. He allowed just one run. While Johnson will give Joe Maddon depth in the middle-infield, McGee has a shot to impress his way on to the postseason roster.