News: Updating a previous note, Loney (finger) was activated from the DL on Thursday.
Impact: Reports initially suggested Loney would be activated Friday, but the Rays went ahead and made the move Thursday afternoon. Preston Guilmet was sent down to Triple-A Durham to clear a roster spot.
News: Loney (finger) will come off the DL on Friday, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Loney made a rehab appearance Wednesday at High-A Charlotte, and after emerging without issue, the plan is for the first baseman to be back with the Rays beginning Friday. Tampa optioned Preston Guilmet back to Triple-A Durham to clear room on the roster.
News: Guilmet was optioned back to Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Guilmet was up for just two days, and he appeared in Wednesday's loss to Cleveland, pitching 1.1 innings and allowing no hits. Guilmet will head back to Durham, as the Rays need to clear a roster spot for James Loney, who will be activated from the DL on Friday.
News: Odorizzi (oblique) allowed one run off two hits across 4.0 innings in his first rehab start at High-A Charlotte, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Odorizzi's quote to Charlotte Sun reporter Josh Vitale is especially encouraging, saying "I feel like the stuff I had today, I could have taken into today's (Rays) game and been perfectly fine." If Odorizzi's stuff is working and he feels okay, there probably isn't any reason to push him into a rehab start. If so, his next start will be with the big league club in four or five days.
News: Jennings (knee) hopes to begin a rehab assignment by August, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Jennings underwent a knee scope in early-June, and although he says his knee feels fine at this point, the outfielder has yet to be cleared for baseball activities. A late-season return remains optimistic at this point, as there are simply too many variables and potential obstacles in play.
News: Souza is out of the lineup Thursday against the Indians, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Souza, who started all but one game in the month of June, will receive a rare day off while Brandon Guyer takes over in right field. It's a bit odd to see him rest, but with no word of an injury in play, consider it a regular maintenance day until further notice. Souza is 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his career against Corey Kluber, but that likely isn't a large enough sample size to warrant a day off based on matchup.
News: DeJesus is not in the lineup Thursday against the Indians, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: DeJesus has made seven straight starts for the Rays, but will sit Thursday with right-hander Corey Kluber on the mound for Cleveland. Joey Butler will move over to left field, while Grady Sizemore will serve as the DH and bat cleanup.