The Tampa Bay Rays placed outfielder Steven Souza Jr. on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a finger laceration on his right hand.

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No Structural Damage For Souza; John Jaso Activated

Tuesday, July 7

The Rays announced designated hitter John Jaso was being activated from the 60-day disabled list to replace Souza on the 25-man roster. He had been sidelined with a wrist injury.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported there was no break or tendon damage in Souza’s injured finger, but he’ll require the DL stint to let it fully heal.

Souza is hitting just .210 with a .301 on-base percentage this season. Despite those lackluster numbers, he does have 15 home runs and 10 stolen bases to go along with eight outfield assists. So his presence will be missed in the lineup and in the field.

Tampa is likely to go with a heavy rotation in the outfield while he’s sidelined. Joey Butler, Brandon Guyer, Grady Sizemore and David DeJesus could all see slight upticks in playing time.

Since the move was backdated to July 6, Souza will be eligible to come off the DL on July 21.


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