8/17/2013 8:26 P.M. ET
Rehab start is next step for Rays' Jennings
By Sam Strong / MLB.com
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings was scheduled to make a rehab start for Class A Charlotte on Sunday with the goal of joining the Rays on Monday in Baltimore.
Jennings fractured his left middle finger while sliding Aug. 3.
Tampa Bay's leadoff man expects to play the rest of the season with some pain but feels it is tolerable.
"I would be waiting until the end of the season if I waited until it was 100 percent," Jennings said. "If it doesn't hurt bad enough, I'm going to play."
Jennings was hitting .258 with a .326 on-base percentage before the injury. He leads the Rays in stolen bases with 17.
Rays place Scott on disabled list with back spasms
ST. PETERSBURG -- After being held out of the lineup for two days, Rays designated hitter Luke Scott was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with lower back spasms.
"He was a little better today, but I could tell it was still bothering him even sitting down," manager Joe Maddon said. "More than likely, it will take several more days, but I think it will be a minimal stay. We did not want to go with that position being void."
Reliever Brandon Gomes was activated from the disabled list, as his right lat strain is now a thing of the past.
Gomes has not appeared in a game for Tampa Bay since May 7. Prior to the injury, the right-hander had a 5.40 ERA over 11 2/3 innings. More recently, Gomes allowed just two earned runs in a seven-game rehab stint with Triple-A Durham.
"We thought it would be nice to get Gomer back to cover the right-handed side," Maddon said. "He's throwing the ball really well."
With Gomes coming back to the active roster, the Rays moved injured reliever Jesse Crain (right shoulder strain) to the 60-day disabled list. He is not eligible to come off the DL until Aug. 29, but Maddon said he was not targeted to return before then.
The moves leave the Rays with a three-player bench, but Desmond Jennings' likely Monday return (fractured left middle finger) could alleviate the problem.
Rays' Peralta erratic since long break
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays reliever Joel Peralta leads the American League in appearances, precisely the reason manager Joe Maddon gave him more than a week off after the All-Star break.
Combined with the break, Peralta pitched just 3 2/3 innings in 22 days. That may not have been a good thing for the setup man, who has labored through three innings of more than 20 pitches in August.
"When they decided to pitch me less and rest me up, that took a little out of me, and that's why I don't have the same control," Peralta said. "I wasn't pitching as consistently. I believe that has something to do with it."
Peralta entered the eighth inning Friday with a one-run lead but allowed the Blue Jays to tie the game on a single by Brett Lawrie and walk of Josh Thole.
Manager Joe Maddon said he would like Peralta's innings to be "more expedient" but disagreed with the notion that the time off took Peralta out of his routine.
"I just think he's been off a little bit," Maddon said. "I feel very certain he's going to be fine moving forward. I have that much faith in the guy."
Sam Strong is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.