Rays promote 1B/OF Jake Bauers, designate Brad Miller for assignment to make room on roster

Brad Miller, 28, hit .256 with five homers and 21 RBIs in 48 games this season but struggled defensively at first base.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have designated infielder Brad Miller for assignment to clear a roster spot for first baseman/outfielder Jake Bauers.

Miller, 28, hit .256 with five homers and 21 RBIs in 48 games this season but struggled defensively at first base.

Tampa Bay announced Wednesday that the 22-year old Bauers, considered one of the Rays’ top offensive prospects, will be recalled from Triple-A Durham.

The decision on Miller, obtained from Seattle as part of a six-player deal in November 2015, was announced before Thursday night’s game with the Mariners.