Rays promote Delmon Young from Double-A Montgomery

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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.

Kyle Seager is in The Best Shape of His Life

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Kyle Seager had the worst year of his big league career in 2018. He hit .221/.273/.400 (86 OPS+) and saw his home run total decline for the second straight year. In response, Seager has reported back to camp in Peoria . . . in the best shape of his life.

This story about it in the Seattle Times has it all: the poor production and nagging injuries that led to a change of habits in the offseason. A new diet, new exercise routines, a focus on flexibility, the epiphany that an injury was the result of conditioning and, as the payoff, the scene on the first day of workouts when his uniform was too baggy and he had to get a new one.

The proof, of course, will not come from the eating, but in the production.