Rays put James Loney on disabled list, call up Allan Dykstra


Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney has been placed on the disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle and the Rays called up Allan Dykstra from Triple-A to fill his roster spot.

Loney was scratched from Tuesday’s game and initially insisted it was a minor injury, but the Rays will shut him down for at least two weeks.

Dykstra was the Padres’ first-round draft pick in 2008 and is now making his MLB debut just six weeks short of his 28th birthday. He spent last season at Triple-A for the Mets, hitting .280 with 16 homers and a .930 OPS in 117 games, posting an excellent 97/84 K/BB ratio on the way to a .426 on-base percentage.

Orioles option LHP Bruce Zimmermann to minors

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned left-handers Bruce Zimmermann and Nick Vespi and reassigned infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to minor league camp.

The Orioles announced the moves Monday.

Baltimore’s spring training roster now has 46 players.

Zimmermann made 13 starts last season. He went 2-5 with a 5.99 ERA.

The competition for rotation spots with the Orioles has been a significant story during spring training, but after the team acquired Cole Irvin and Kyle Gibson in the offseason – and with top prospect Grayson Rodriguez in the mix as well – there were a lot of pitchers Zimmermann needed to beat out.