The jigsaw puzzle had an extra piece dropped in it today. Jason Pridie is back with the Devil Rays after the Minnesota Twins decided to leave him off their major-league roster. Pridie was taken in the Rule V draft last December and had to stay in the majors or be offered back to the Rays.
The Rays jumped at the chance. Pridie had only a .213 average in 28 games at Montgomery last year after a serious early-season knee injury, but has shown signs of an ability to create runs.
He was greatly welcomed at the minor-league complex. He stood near the entrance and, with the dexterity of a discount-store greeter, shook a lot of hands and talked to almost everyone.
The speedy Fernando Perez seemed a possibility to make the jump two levels from low-A Southwest Michigan, where he swiped 57 bases last year, to the Biscuits. Perez now appears set for high-A Visalia.