James Loney 1B TB 9 hours ago

Loney is not in the starting lineup Sunday against the Royals, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

James Loney 1B TB 5 days ago

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney has been suspended one game for making contact with an umpire during Saturday's game. Loney was ejected Saturday for arguing balls and strikes and bumped the chest of the home plate umpire during the ensuing altercation, but he has appealed the suspension and should be in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins.

James Loney 1B TB 2 months ago

Loney (finger) is in the lineup, batting fourth and starting at first base, for Friday's game against the Yankees, MLB.com's Bill Chastain reports.

Loney, who went 4-for-11 during a brief rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte, will return to a tough matchup against Masahiro Tanaka. Loney figures to be a regular presence in the cleanup spot when the Rays face right-handers, and he'll also be in the lineup more often than not against lefties.

James Loney 1B TB 2 months ago

Updating a previous note, Loney (finger) was activated from the DL on Thursday.

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.

James Loney 1B TB 2 months ago

Loney (finger) will come off the DL on Friday, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

James Loney 1B TB 2 months ago

Loney (finger) will get another start for High-A Charlotte on Wednesday and then he will be reevaluated, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.

He made his first rehab start Tuesday and said that his finger was feeling good after the game. The Rays could really use his presence again at first base, so he could be activated later this week.

James Loney 1B TB 2 months ago

Loney (finger) will start a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Tuesday, serving as DH, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Loney will likely get a couple of starts at first base before rejoining the Rays, but prior reports suggested he could still be back this weekend. Tampa has gotten minimal production from its first basemen in Loney's absence, and he should return to a regular role.

James Loney 1B TB 2 months ago

Loney (finger) could start a short rehab assignment Tuesday and be on track to rejoin the Rays over the weekend, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Loney might have been the injured player the Rays were most hoping for an early return, considering how badly the Jake Elmore experiment has been going. It looks like they'll get their wish, but an early comeback always carries a risk of the player not being 100 percent and underperforming. If he is up to playing speed, that's even more good news for a team making a division title push despite several obstacles.

James Loney 1B TB 2 months ago

Loney (finger) is ahead of schedule and is on track to return before the All-Star break, manager Kevin Cash told Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times on Saturday.

Loney landed on the DL with a broken finger in late May, but has progressed to taking grounders and dry swings this week. It appears he'll be back with the Rays some time in the next two weeks barring any setbacks. His return will likely limit at-bats and playing time Jake Elmore.

James Loney 1B TB 2 months ago

Loney (finger) is set to take ground balls on Monday and will take dry swings later this week, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Loney's continued progression is great news for the Rays as they continue to struggle to find a replacement at first. He was hitting .275 in 109 at bats before being sent to the disabled list and should be cleared at some point within the next couple of weeks to return.