The Tampa Bay Rays have placed James Loney on the paternity list and recalled utility infielder Ryan Roberts from Triple-A. Loney will be given three days on the paternity list for the birth of his child. He did not fly with the team to Toronto, but he will be expected to join them in their next series.
Bill Chastain of MLB.com says the Rays have some infield depth concerns right now. With Loney on the paternity list and Yuniel Escobar's ailing hamstring up in the air, Ryan Roberts could be a huge addition. Roberts will add the depth the team desperately needs as they begin second half play.
Loney, who signed as a free agent this past offseason, is having the best year of his career so far. The Rays will want him back as soon as possible, so it's fortunate this roster move is for the birth of a child, not an injury. Loney is hitting .315/.366/.466 with nine home runs. His highest batting average in a single season prior to this year was .331 in 2007. He finished that year with an OPS+ one point higher than his current OPS+ of 133. Of course, Loney will play in more games this season and contribute more productivity than he did in 2007.
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