Rays SS Jason Bartlett ready to begin rehab stint

Tampa Bay shortstop Jason Bartlett is close to rejoining the

Rays after taking batting practice and doing some running to test

his injured right hamstring at Tropicana Field.

Bartlett worked out before the Rays faced the Florida Marlins on

Saturday night. He plans to begin a brief minor league rehab stint

with Triple-A Durham on Monday, then expects to be activated from

the 15-day disabled list and return to Tampa Bay’s lineup Wednesday

against Atlanta.

An All-Star a year ago, Bartlett is batting .231 with one homer

and 22 RBIs in 48 games this season. He has been out since May 30

with a right hamstring strain.

Manager Joe Maddon said Bartlett will play seven innings in the

field for Durham on Monday. He will be used as a designated hitter

the following day.