The Rays offense is hopefully about to get a lift as Luke Scott is scheduled to return to the Rays on Thursday for their opener versus the Detroit Tigers, as Marc Topkin tweeted. Despite being out since June 8th, Scott still leads the Rays in RBI with 35 to go along with 9 doubles and 9 home runs.
Topkin also tweeted that Chris Archer has already been sent back down to Durham to clear a spot for Scott. Archer went 0-2 with a 3.08 ERA in two starts, striking out 14 while walking just 2. Archer showed promise and we’ll definitely see him again in the big leagues before the end of the season.
And the third big news item is that right-hander Dane De La Rosa has been named an Triple-A International League All-Star, the only representative from the Durham Bulls this season. De La Rosa, who has made 8 major league appearances over the past two season, has gone 0-2 for the Durham Bulls this season with a 3.4 ERA, a 54-26 strikeout to walk ratio, and 7 saves in 30 relief appearances and 39.2 IP. He leads the Bulls in saves and relief appearances. After being named an All-Star, De La Rosa was talked about in a very interesting Herald Sun article that detailed his unique journey from being released from independent ball and working for a time in real estate all the way to the major leagues.