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Tampa Bay Rays Reinforcements Getting Closer

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May 10, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Matt Duffy (5) smiles as he looks on from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Kansas City Royals 12-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
May 10, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Matt Duffy (5) smiles as he looks on from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Kansas City Royals 12-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Considering the Tampa Bay Rays considerable disabled list, the fact that they are close to .500 is quite impressive. In the coming weeks, reinforcements may be on the way.

Given the spate of injuries that the Tampa Bay Rays have suffered through, it is difficult not to be impressed with their performance thus far. Without their projected starting catcher, shortstop, and a good portion of the bullpen, the Rays have still managed to hover around .500. That is a rather impressive accomplishment.

The Rays run to contention this year will be getting some needed help soon. Reinforcements for the offense are starting to get closer, as Wilson Ramos, Matt Duffy, and Brad Miller were on the field prior to the Rays game yesterday. The trio participated in baseball activities, taking batting practice and participating in fielding drills.

Of the group, Miller is the closest to returning. He is targeting a return on Friday, when he is eligible to come off the disabled list, but that seems highly unlikely. Sidelined by an abdominal strain,  he has yet to begin running again. Chances are, it may be next week until we see Miller on the diamond.

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It will take longer for Ramos and Duffy to return. Both have been out since last season, and will need an extended rehab assignment to get back up to speed. However, the fact that both at taking batting practice and participating in fielding drills is a step in the right direction.

The Rays debut for Ramos, in particular, should be a nice boost for the offense. Aside from a few home runs, the Rays have not gotten anything out of Derek Norris in the lineup. While Ramos will not be able to be behind the plate at his usual rate, he will still provide an offensive boost.

Duffy’s future is a bit cloudier when he is ready to return. Tim Beckham has performed well, and may keep his starting job for the time being. As Duffy does have some experience around the infield, he could end up as the Rays utility infielder, unless Beckham falters.

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Reinforcements are coming for the Tampa Bay Rays. All they need to do is hang on for the time being.

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