ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays have placed third baseman Matt Duffy on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.To take Duffy's place, the Rays selected Brandon Snyder from Triple-A Durham. Kevin Kiermaier (torn right thumb ligament) was moved from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL to create
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays have placed third baseman Matt Duffy on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
To take Duffy's place, the Rays selected Brandon Snyder from Triple-A Durham. Kevin Kiermaier (torn right thumb ligament) was moved from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL to create a spot for Snyder on the 40-man roster.
After hitting a single to lead off the Rays' first Monday night, Duffy stole second and appeared to jam his right leg when sliding into the bag. When he was not able to score on C.J. Cron's single to right, Duffy was lifted.
Duffy called his injury a "mild strain."
"Actually not very serious, thankfully, but it is something that's going to take about five days to a week [to heal]," Duffy said. "So a DL trip is probably the safest thing. Hopefully we'll get this thing figured out and be ready to come off when I'm ready, ideally."
Duffy said the diagnosis following his MRI was "kind of what I had anticipated.
"But I always try to keep an open mind, in case I get terrible news," Duffy said. "My gut feeling was how it felt just walking around, it didn't feel like somebody punched me in the back of the leg. I've heard of other guys' strains, [there are] bigger issues where they feel it getting out of bed. I have none of that. Minor. Unfortunate, but it's part of the game. I just have to get back out there."
Duffy allowed that his leg felt better on Tuesday than it did Monday night.
"Yeah, honestly it does," Duffy said. "It's not something I feel walking around or just doing basic stuff. I have to try and find it, but obviously running at 100 percent, if we keep doing, it we're going to be asking for something to pop, which we don't want. So this is probably the safest thing."
Rays manager Kevin Cash said that they wanted to make sure Duffy's leg did not get worse.
"A hamstring tweak this early in the season is something that can really snowball," Cash said. "And we want to make sure we kind of nip it as soon as possible. Could he come back in a week? Potentially. But we have to be smart and keep Matt healthy. He's had a long road to get back [from heel surgery that forced him to miss all of 2017]. The last thing we want to do is jeopardize that by forcing him to play through something.
"I know he'd want to. But the smartest thing for us right now is to let him have his full 10 days. And hopefully he's ready to come back then."
Snyder arrived Tuesday and was in the lineup at third base against the Rangers on Tuesday night.
"Brandon did a good job for us during Spring Training," Cash said. "He played all over the field. I think he'll probably primarily play third base while he's here."
Cash pointed out that the Rays like Snyder's flexibility as he can play the corner-outfield spots and catch, too.
Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.