Andy Sonnastine will take Niemann’s spot in the rotation, leaving the Rays with just six relievers in the bullpen. The Rays may have felt an extra outfielder was a more immediate need with BJ Upton facing a suspension for his ejection and outburst — and by “outburst” we really mean, “totally flipping his sh*t” — the other night.
Guyer, a right-handed hitter, who came over in the Matt Garza deal, has been tearing up the International League. In 28 games he is hitting .356, with 6 home runs, and a .412 OBP. Both his average and his home runs are tied for sixth in the IL. His 27 strikeouts in 28 games is a bit worrisome, and suggests he might be overmatched at the big league level, especially early on.