Cody Strait, an outfielder with Double-A Northwest Arkansas in the Kansas City organization, has been traded to the Rays for cash considerations and will report to Montgomery, the Royals announced today.
Strait was hitting .278 with four home runs and 38 RBIs. He last played Friday. The 26-year-old, who has started at all three outfield positions, was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2004 and played for the Chattanooga Lookouts for parts of 2007 and 2008.
The Biscuits are short enough on outfielders that native infielder Fernando Cortez started in right field three times during the Birmingham series. Montgomery also has Jason Perry on the disabled list with a broken wrist and J.T. Hall not on the active roster.
1:30 update: The Biscuits aren't sure if Strait will arrive in time for tonight's game with Huntsville. (Northwest Arkansas is currently playing a series in Springfield, Mo.) However, infielder Drew Anderson has been demoted to Charlotte to create roster space.