06/16/10 3:22 AM ET
Bartlett activated off DL, returning to lineup
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
To make room for Bartlett on the 25-man roster, outfielder Justin Ruggiano was optioned to Triple-A Durham.
Bartlett, who has been nursing a right hamstring strain, played for Durham on Monday night against Gwinnett. He led off and played seven innings at shortstop, going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in his first rehab appearance. He was supposed to be used as the designated hitter on Tuesday, but Durham's game got rained out.
Nevertheless, Rays manager Joe Maddon said that Bartlett is fine and that he will start at shortstop Wednesday night against the Braves.
Red-hot Rodriguez riding hitting streak
ATLANTA -- Sean Rodriguez has a 15-game hitting streak (.407, 22-for-54), the longest by a Rays player this season and tied with Oakland's Kevin Kouzmanoff for the longest active streak in the Major Leagues. There have been only six longer streaks in club history.
Rodriguez has broken through after a tough first month to the season.
"I think his consistency is rooted in one thing, and that's his ability to lay off a breaking ball," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "When he's able to do that, you're going to see him being as consistent as he is right now.
"If he just starts accepting a few more of those walks based on pitch selection, he's going to stay hot with the bat, because he's swinging the bat really well."
Longoria continuing to reach base nightly
ATLANTA -- Evan Longoria has reached base safely in 32 straight games, the longest streak in the Major Leagues this season. The last time Longoria did not reach base was May 9 at Oakland -- Dallas Braden's perfect game.
Longoria's streak is the longest since Joe Mauer's 36-game streak that went from last Sept. 11 to this past April 18, and it is the longest streak in one season since Baltimore's Nick Markakis had one of 38 games, July 5-Aug. 18, 2009.
Ben Grieve had a 36-game streak from April 18-May 30, 2001; Ben Zobrist had a 31-game streak that started Sept. 13, 2009, and ended this year on April 16.
Soriano visits former Atlanta teammates
ATLANTA -- Rafael Soriano knew his way around Turner Field upon his arrival Tuesday, since he spent three years in the Braves' bullpen before getting traded to the Rays in December.
Tampa Bay's closer said there was nothing unusual about the experience, and that he felt the same way when the Rays played at Seattle, where he began his career with the Mariners.
Soriano did manage to pay a visit to the Braves' clubhouse.
"I said hello to everybody in the bullpen, the starting pitchers, everybody," Soriano said.
During the visit, he encountered former manager Bobby Cox.
"He told me, 'You're [16-for-16 in saves]. I don't want you to pitch against us,'" Soriano said.
After signing Billy Wagner, the Braves opted to trade Soriano to the Rays rather than go to arbitration with the hard-throwing Soriano.
"Once they signed the guy, I wasn't surprised at what happened," said Soriano with no trace of bitterness to his voice.
Soriano is the American League's co-leader in saves with 16 and has converted on 21 straight dating back to the 2009 season.
Navarro ready to go after stiff neck
ATLANTA -- Dioner Navarro, who has been out since Wednesday with a stiff neck, said he is "OK" and ready to go.
He did everything from hitting to throwing Tuesday, and he'll be in the bullpen warming up pitchers during the series opener.
Navarro has endured plenty of hard luck this season, as he hurt his right knee during Spring Training and then had the stiff neck.
"It's part of the business," Navarro said. "It won't be the last time [that I get injured], I guarantee that. I just have to keep a positive attitude. But it's been frustrating."
Down on the farm
Jeremy Hellickson threw six innings of two-hit ball Monday night for Triple-A Durham, allowing just one run in the no-decision, striking out five and walking one; he left with a 2-1 lead. ... Desmond Jennings has a seven-game hitting streak with Durham, raising his average to .290, after hitting .516 (16-for-31) over the stretch. ... Matt Joyce went 3-for-3 Monday night for Durham. He is hitting .343 with one home run and 10 RBIs.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.