3/31/2013 4:45 P.M. ET
Veterans Duncan, Wright make Opening Day roster
By Andrew Simon / MLB.com
The Rays made several moves on Sunday to trim their active roster to 25 ahead of Tuesday's 3:10 p.m. ET opener against the Orioles at Tropicana Field.
First baseman Shelley Duncan and right-hander Jamey Wright both made the team, as the Rays selected their contracts. To clear space on the 40-man roster, Tampa Bay designated catchers Stephen Vogt and Robinson Chirinos for assignment. The Rays also reassigned catcher Craig Albernaz to the Minor Leagues and selected the contract of right-hander Juan Carlos Oviedo, placing him on the 60-day disabled list, as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
The club had announced on Saturday that designated hitter Luke Scott was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right calf. The move was backdated to March 24, but manager Joe Maddon said the veteran could miss as long as five weeks.
The injury opened a spot the club elected to fill with the right-handed Duncan, who came to camp as a non-roster invitee. The 33-year-old hit .224, but slugged five home runs in 49 Grapefruit League at-bats. Duncan played in 81 games for the Indians last season, putting up a batting line of .203/.288/.388, with 11 home runs.
Wright was also a non-roster invitee to camp. The 38-year-old went 5-3 with a 3.72 ERA in 66 relief appearances for the Dodgers last season.
Chirinos played in 20 games for the Rays in 2011, but missed all of last season after suffering a concussion during Spring Training. Vogt appeared in 18 big league games last season, going hitless in 25 at-bats.
Andrew Simon is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.