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.