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

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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.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.