6/15/2014 10:16 A.M. ET
Guyer close to Rays return
By Mike Vernon / MLB.com
HOUSTON -- Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer went 1-for-6 for Triple-A Durham as the designated hitter Saturday night.
With his return to the Rays getting closer, the question of what his role will be came up Sunday morning. Rookie outfielder Kevin Kiermaier has started 11 straight games, and has hit .385 with 10 extra-base hits in his recent stretch.
"I don't know, I haven't put a whole lot of thought into that yet," manager Joe Maddon said. "Guyer was playing well, real well. We'll just wait to see how that plays out."
Guyer has been out since suffering a left thumb fracture on May 26. He was hitting .262 for the Rays this season, with one home run and six RBIs.
He's expected to return to the outfield Sunday for Durham. Maddon wants to make sure Guyer gets enough at-bats before returning to Tampa Bay.
Maddon has suggestion for improving replay
HOUSTON -- Joe Maddon had a Skype suggestion for Major League Baseball after Saturday's 7-3 loss to Houston. On Sunday afternoon, the Rays manager added a second suggestion.
Maddon lost a challenge in which he thought Kevin Kiermaier successfully stole third base. The tag at third was close and the umpire ruled Kiermaier out on the play. Maddon said if he were to argue with the umpires on the field, he would've been arguing with the wrong officials.
"It would be nice if you could have some kind of Skyping experience where you could argue with the guy that makes the call on the other side," Maddon said after the game. "At least be able to Skype the guy and yell at him."
On Sunday, Maddon elaborated on his feelings toward reviewing a call on the field. While Maddon likes using instant replay to ensure calls on the field, he said it's still a work in progress.
He added a suggestion that if a play stands, rather than a play being confirmed, the challenging manager should not lose his challenge. The call on the Kiermaier stolen-base attempt was that the play stood.
"Basically, they're saying it could've gone either way," Maddon said. "It's inconclusive."
Maddon made it clear after Saturday's game that he thought Kiermaier was safe on the steal, and he echoed that thought Sunday.
"If that can't be overturned then nothing can be," Maddon said. "That was kind of obvious to me."
Hellickson throws bullpen, is set for third rehab start
HOUSTON -- Rays right-handed pitcher Jeremy Hellickson threw a bullpen session Saturday, and is expected to make his third rehab start Tuesday for Triple-A Durham.
Hellickson is working his way back from offseason arthroscopic elbow surgery.
He struggled with his second rehab start Thursday, giving up four runs in 2 1/3 innings. Hellickson's first rehab start was at Class A Advanced Charlotte, in which he threw three scoreless innings.
He was 12-10 with a 5.17 ERA for the Rays in 2013.
Mike Vernon is an associate reporter from MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.