Friday, May 22, 2009

Thayer, Brignac to majors; Biscuits (so far) untouched

Former Biscuits Dale Thayer and Reid Brignac have been promoted to the Rays from Durham and will be in uniform tonight against the Marlins.

While Brignac had 10 at-bats (and no hits) with Tampa Bay last year, Thayer, who led the Southern League in saves for Montgomery in 2007, is in the major leagues for the first time.

There's no word if the Biscuits are losing anybody. If the promotions are for only the short term, Montgomery likely won't be touched. If they're lengthy, look for Calvin Medlock or Eduardo Morlan to move up to take Thayer's spot. The Bulls should be able to cover Brignac without needing assistance.

The Rays are putting relief pitcher Troy Percival (right shoulder tendinitis) and starting pitching Scott Kazmir (right quadriceps strain) on the disabled list to create room for Thayer and Brignac.

If and when Thayer makes his debut, he'll be No. 39 on the Biscuits-to-majors list.

Thayer, 28, went on the 40-man roster this offseason. He had six saves and an 0.93 ERA in 19 1/3 innings with Durham this year. Thayer signed with the Padres as a non-drafted free agent from Chico State, came to the Rays in a 2006 trade and was a three-time Southern League saves leader (twice with Mobile, once with Montgomery). He's the all-time Southern League saves leader.


Chris said...

Not sure we (the Bulls) can do without an infielder more than a few days. Earlier this year the Rays sent up Matt Hall from the Stone Crabs. Maybe they'll do that again. More likely, though, is that Brignac won't be there all that long.

Stacy Long said...

Brignac is supposed to be back in Durham when Pat Burrell comes off the DL. They wanted him this weekend since they can't use the abomination known as the DH.

The Biscuits could drop a few players off in the Triangle while they're visiting the Mudcats next week. It would be convenient.