07/20/2002 5:12 pm ET
Rays call up Crawford
Tampa Bay shuffles six players in roster moves
By Paul C. Smith / MLB.com
TORONTO -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays made three rosters moves involving six players Saturday, including calling up top prospect Carl Crawford from Triple-A Durham.
Crawford, the Rays' No. 2 pick in the 1999 draft, was in the lineup, playing left field and batting ninth, for Saturday afternoon's game at Toronto. Along with Saturday starter Luis De Los Santos, the pair will become the eighth and ninth Tampa Bay players to make their Major League debuts this season.
Crawford becomes the youngest Devil Ray ever at 20 years and 349 days. He hit .297 in 85 games with Durham and had seven homers, 52 RBIs and 26 steals.
Along with Crawford, the Rays recalled reliever Victor Zambrano and selected infielder Andy Sheets. To make room on the roster, the Rays designated outfielder Dave McCarty and left-handed reliever Doug Creek and optioned infielder Jason Smith to Durham.
Sheets hit .297 in Triple-A with 14 home runs and an organization-leading 69 RBIs. He split last season with Durham and the Devil Rays and was in the starting lineup at second base Saturday.
Zambrano started the 2002 season the Devil Rays but was optioned to Durham June 25. In 10 games there, he was 0-1 with one save and an ERA of 1.93.
McCarty, who joined the Rays when Greg Vaughn went on the DL, was hitting .176 with one home run and two RBIs in 12 games with the Rays.
Smith, who played shortstop and made three errors Friday night, was hitting .200 with a home run, six RBIs and three steals.
Creek had been with the Rays since the 2000 season. This season, he was 2-1 with a 6.27 ERA in 29 games. In the two previous seasons with Tampa Bay, he was 3-8 with a 4.45 ERA in 111 games.
Paul C. Smith covers the Devil Rays for MLB.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.