7/11/2014 8:40 P.M. ET
'Eager' Escobar activated from disabled list
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays have activated shortstop Yunel Escobar (right-shoulder soreness) from the 15-day disabled list.
"That's only the second time I've been on the DL, so that's a little bit different for me," Escobar said through an interpreter. "But I'm happy to be back and I'm happy to be able to help the team."
There was room on the roster as left-hander Jake McGee went on the paternity list on Thursday when he and his wife, Morgan, welcomed their first child, daughter Rowen Beth.
"[Escobar] seems to be very eager to get back out there," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "This is a guy I thought should have won the [American League] Gold Glove [Award] last year at shortstop. He's probably been our best hitter against left-handed pitchers all year. It's good to get him back out there."
Escobar entered Friday night's game against the Blue Jays with a .350 average against left-handers.
Escobar sounded pleased about how the team has played in his absence.
"That was really good to see how we did in New York, in Detroit, and then the series with Baltimore," Escobar said. "That's the way the Rays should be playing, so it was really good to see."
As for his aching shoulder, all appears to be well.
"I think the time off made me feel a lot better," Escobar said. "A chance to rest my shoulder. I certainly feel better and ready to start moving again."
Escobar played in two games at shortstop on rehab assigment for Class A Advanced Charlotte and went 1-for-7 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored.
Jennings exits after fouling ball off knee
ST. PETERSBURG -- Desmond Jennings left Friday night's game after fouling a ball off his left knee against Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle.
Jennings was diagnosed with a bruised knee, and X-rays were negative.
The injury occurred in the second inning. After he fouled the pitch off his leg, he hobbled around and was paid a visit by Rays trainers. He managed to work Buehrle for a two-out walk to load the bases.
Jennings did not have to run the bases because the next batter, Ben Zobrist, flied out to end the inning.
Kevin Kiermaier took Jennings' spot in center field to start the third inning.
X-rays reveal DeJesus not ready to return
ST. PETERSBURG -- David DeJesus' fractured left hand was examined by hand specialist Dr. Douglas Carlan on Friday, and the results were not what the Rays outfielder wanted to hear.
"It's still not healed," said DeJesus, who went on the disabled list on June 19.
DeJesus said X-rays were taken Friday morning and they told the story. He explained that he will not have another X-ray until two or three weeks.
DeJesus is doing some exercises, and he is confident that he will be able to make a quick return once the hand is considered healthy.
DeJesus is hitting .269 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 62 games this season.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.