The Rays designated first baseman Allan Dykstra for assignment on Saturday afternoon, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported. The move cleared room on the 40-man roster for reliever Everett Teaford, promoted from Triple-A Durham to the majors.
Dykstra hit just .129 /289/.226 in 38 plate appearances for the Rays this season. A career minor leaguer before making his major league debut this season, Dykstra was a prodigious slugger, posting a .938 OPS with 21 home runs for Double-A Binghamton (Mets) in 2013. But his position, a lack of versatility, and a lack of good timing kept him in the minors until this season.
Teaford had spent parts of the last three seasons in the Royals’ system prior to joining the Rays as a free agent in January. In 106 major league innings, Teaford has a 4.25 ERA with a 63/35 K/BB ratio.