[UPDATE] The Rays have confirmed that Lobaton is being promoted, along with Jake McGee. To make room for both players, John Jaso has been placed on the DL with the dreaded “oblique strain.” (Is it wrong, that it has gotten to the point that anytime a Rays player goes on the DL with an injury that wasn’t documented during a game, we are skeptical that the player is really hurt?)
[POST] Several Spanish-language websites (Marc Topkin) are reporting that catcher Jose Lobaton has been promoted to the Rays. In all likelihood, he will take Brandon Guyer’s roster spot. Guyer was sent back to triple-A earlier this week.
Lobaton, who was hitting .293-8-31 with a .410 OBP and .397 wOBA, may only be here for a few days. David Price (Friday), James Shields (Saturday), and Jeff Niemann (Sunday) will start the first three games out of the break. That means, the Rays will need to promote Alex Cobb to start on either Monday or Tuesday.