As expected, the Rays officially promoted Delmon Young from Double-A Montgomery before their series finale against the A’s on Sunday afternoon in Oakland. Young is not in Sunday’s starting lineup but will be available off the bench for Tampa Bay.
Chris Gimenez, an emergency third catcher, and Josh Lueke, a righty reliever, were also called up.
Young was released by the Phillies on August 14 after hitting .261/.302/.397 in 80 games. He inked a minor league contract eight days later with the Rays — the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2003.
Young, 27, is a .283/.316/.423 hitter in 3,866 career major league plate appearances.
He will serve as the Rays’ primary designated hitter against left-handed starting pitchers.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.