Rays to activate David DeJesus from DL, call up three others

David DeJesus has been sidelined since June 19 with a broken left hand.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays announced Sunday that outfielder David DeJesus will be activated from the disabled list Monday. In addition, catcher Curt Casali and relievers Brandon Gomes and Steven Geltz will be called up with major-league active rosters expanding to 40 players Monday. All three were on the taxi squad Sunday.

DeJesus has not played for the Rays since a loss to the Baltimore Orioles on June 18 at Tropicana Field, a day before he was placed on the disabled list with a left-hand fracture. By Monday, he will have missed 64 games. He hit .269 with five home runs and 17 RBI before the injury. He hit .217 with two RBI in eight games in his minor-league rehab assignment, which included seven games with High-A Charlotte and one with the Rays’ Gulf Coast League squad.

Meanwhile, Casali has hit .169 with two RBI in 23 games with the Rays this season. He has hit .253 with four home runs and 28 RBI in 70 games in the minors the season, with time split between Charlotte, Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham.

"It’s been a crazy year," Casali said. "I’d say that the word is ‘unbelievable.’ To think that I started in Double A and had an opportunity to come up here in July, first of all, it’s a dream come true. And now that they’re allowing me to come back and, hopefully, help the ball club win some games, it’s even better."

Gomes and Geltz, meanwhile, figure to provide bullpen depth.

Gomes, a right-hander, was 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 21 appearances with the Rays this season. He was 0-2 with a 3.62 ERA in 27 appearances with Durham this year.

Geltz, a right-hander, was 3-3 with a 2.38 ERA in 29 appearances with Durham this season. He has a 4.50 ERA in two innings of major-league work, both with the Los Angeles Angels in 2012.

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