8/31/2013 10:54 P.M. ET
Gimenez back with Rays after battling injury
By Rick Eymer / Special to MLB.com
OAKLAND -- Rays catcher Chris Gimenez endured a frustrating season with Triple-A Durham for the chance to make it back to the Major Leagues.
Gimenez, who has spent parts of the past four years in the Majors, was back in the Tampa Bay clubhouse Saturday night, even though he's not eligible to play until Sunday.
Gimenez was among a group of players brought to Oakland who will be activated Sunday when rosters expand.
Delmon Young, Josh Lueke and Luke Scott were also brought up and will be available for the final month of the season.
Gimenez spent a month and a half on the disabled with an injured right hand during the first part of the season.
"It hasn't been right since," Gimenez said. "I've struggled to hit. I had to battle through it. It was mentally tough because I was brutal."
Gimenez, who has a .267 batting average over 10 Minor League seasons, was hitting .224 for Durham this year.
"I still feel it once in a while but I finished strong, and now I hope I can fit right in here," Gimenez said.
Gimenez spent most of the day on an airplane from Atlanta to San Francisco. After checking into the team hotel, he made his way to Oakland.
Gimenez grew up in Gilroy, about an hour's drive south of O.co Coliseum. He'll have plenty of family in attendance for Sunday's game.
"It's funny, my three best friends all live in San Francisco, but as it worked out, they are all out of town," Gimenez said. "My mom and dad are coming in, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and I'm sure a lot of other people."
Gimenez grew up an A's fan watching "Bash Brothers" Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco play at the Coliseum.
"Mark McGwire was my favorite player," Gimenez said. "The Bash Brothers were in their prime. This is where I grew up watching baseball."
Rays manager Joe Maddon said Gimenez will help give him more flexibility in late-inning maneuvers.
Young to join Rays for finale in Oakland
OAKLAND -- Delmon Young's flight touched down about the same time the Rays took the field for batting practice on Saturday.
Released by the Phillies on Aug. 14, Young signed with the Rays eight days later.
He returns to the club with which he began his professional career in 2003, when he was selected No. 1 overall by the Rays in the First-Year Player Draft. He has also played for the Twins and Tigers.
"He has a knack for driving in runs," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He'll be used primarily as a designated hitter and pinch-hitter. He'll get a chance to make an impact."
Moore's return to determine rotation order
OAKLAND -- Rays manager Joe Maddon remained mysterious regarding Sunday's starter, saying he will name him after Saturday's game.
"We have to decide when Matt Moore will go, whether it's the second or third [of September], and then fill in from there," Maddon said. "It will all fall into place after tonight's game."
Moore, who is on the disabled list with left elbow soreness, threw four innings in a rehab start on Thursday, making Tuesday a distinct possibility, with David Price slotted into Wednesday's start.
"It all depends on what happens tonight," said Maddon, who would not reveal whether Sunday's starter is already with the team.
• Scott (back spasms) was evaluated before Saturday's game and given clearance to be activated Sunday.
• Desmond Jennings was dropped into the nine-hole in the batting order Saturday while Yunel Escobar was placed in the second spot. Maddon said it was a combination of Jennings struggling and Escobar swinging a hot bat.
• Jeremy Hellickson, who was optioned to Triple-A Durham following his loss to the Royals five days ago, threw a bullpen session Saturday and will be recalled Tuesday.
• Friday's loss to the A's meant the Rays will have a losing record in August for the first time in seven years.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.