TORONTO (AP) — Cesar Ramos got his first career win after replacing the injured Jeff Niemann, and Ben Zobrist homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 on Monday night.
Luke Scott and Sean Rodriguez each had two RBIs for the Rays, who have won two straight after losing six of their previous seven.
The Rays had to go to their bullpen early, with Niemann knocked out after he was struck on the right foot by Adam Lind’s grounder in the first. The right-hander recovered to make the out but walked gingerly around the mound and was checked by the trainer before finishing the inning.
Niemann warmed up for the second but was unable to continue, with the left-handed Ramos brought on to replace him after a conference on the mound involving the trainer and Rays manager Joe Maddon. It was later revealed that Niemann suffered a bone fracture and could miss four-to-six weeks of play.
Earlier in the day, the Rays placed outfielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 12, and recalled utilityman Stephen Vogt from Triple-A Durham.
Vogt joined the Rays in time for Monday night’s game.
Jennings left a May 6 game against Oakland with a sprained left knee, but has made two pinch-hit appearances since. He grounded out in the ninth inning of Friday’s loss at Baltimore.
Jennings is yet another member of the Rays on the DL, a list that already includes third baseman Evan Longoria (torn left hamstring), closer Kyle Farnsworth (right elbow), catcher Robinson Chirinos (concussion) and outfielder Sam Fuld (right wrist).
Vogt, who can catch and play in the outfield, made Tampa Bay’s opening day roster but was optioned to Durham on April 20 when the Rays activated B.J. Upton off the DL. The rookie was hitless in 13 at-bats over seven games, the worst start to a career by any player in Rays history.
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