NEW YORK -- After the conclusion of Monday night's 4-3 victory over the Yankees in 12 innings, Rays manager Joe Maddon announced that shortstop Yunel Escobar (right shoulder) will head to the 15-day disabled list.
Escobar threw before Monday night's game, but Maddon did not want to rush him back with the potential for a more severe injury.
"With Escobar, nothing horrid," said Maddon. "He threw today. His biggest concern is just to let it go. He's just a little bit concerned with that. So I said, 'Listen, let's not play that game. Let's just give you a couple of days off, because it's a long season. We need you to be well.' One of his major strengths is his arm strength and his ability to throw well. So why would you want to lose that tool by trying to rush back now?"
The Rays' shortstop had not played since leaving Tuesday's game against the Pirates.
In other injury news, Jeremy Hellickson (right elbow) was removed from his last rehab start after three innings due to some discomfort in his right elbow. Monday he threw approximately 35 pitches and felt good according to Maddon. He is scheduled to make his next Minor League rehab start on Thursday.
When asked about Jerry Sands (left wrist) and David DeJesus (left hand fracture), Maddon said he did not have any updates.
July 3 is the earliest DeJesus can come off the DL. Meanwhile, Sands' injury appears more serious, but before deciding on season-ending surgery, the team and Sands want to see if resting the wrist will help it heal.
Rays claim righty Burns off waivers, designate Sanchez
NEW YORK -- The Rays claimed right-hander Cory Burns off waivers from Texas on Monday afternoon.
To make room for Burns on the 40-man roster, the Rays designated for assignment right-hander Angel Sanchez.
Burns, 26, has made 27 relief appearances over the past two years with the Padres (2012) and Rangers ('13). He's spent the 2014 season at Triple-A Round Rock, where he was 2-2 with a 7.44 ERA in 20 games (one start).
Burns will be optioned to Double-A Montgomery.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.