ARLINGTON -- Kyle Farnsworth has not appeared in a game since Aug. 23, which was partially due to a flare-up of tendinitis in his right elbow. But the team's situation in games has had more to do with his not pitching lately than his elbow.
The Rays' closer said he's fine.
"Yeah, I've been [fine] since it happened," Farnsworth said. "Nothing's changed, just haven't had a situation to get in there. [I] wanted to get in there [Tuesday], but [the Rangers] had a two-run lead. If we would have taken the lead, I would have been in there."
Farnsworth feels that the problem was just a little bump in the road for a long season and nothing more serious than that.
"Yeah, that's just how it goes," Farnsworth said.
Farnsworth leads the team in saves with 22 and he has not allowed a run in August, a span that includes nine appearances.
Ruggiano, Guyer set to return on Thursday
ARLINGTON -- With rosters eligible to be expanded to 40 players Thursday, the Rays will be adding some immediate depth in the outfield.
Tampa Bay on Wednesday announced that outfielder Justin Ruggiano, who has been sidelined for four weeks with left knee bursitis, will be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, and fellow outfielder Brandon Guyer is slated to be recalled from Triple-A Durham and will join the club in Texas.
Ruggiano, 29, is hitting .255 with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 38 games with the Rays this season. He's been sidelined since Aug. 7.
"We'll use him probably like we did last time," manager Joe Maddon said. "Probably against a lefty now and then, but I'm not afraid to use him against a right-hander also. But right now, we just want to get him back out there. He looks well."
Ruggiano, who joined the team Wednesday, said the problem began shortly after the All-Star break.
"It just kind of wouldn't go away," Ruggiano said. "I guess there was inflammation."
Ruggiano reports that the problem has now cleared up.
"Everything is pretty good," Ruggiano said. "I'm very glad to be back here."
According to Ruggiano, decelerating and "changing gears" when he was running presented the most issues for him in dealing with his problem.
"[I] worked through it and got a good week's worth of games in [at Durham], and it responded well every time," Ruggiano said. "It was a good little rehab session."
Guyer, 25, has batted .167 with a home run and two RBIs in two games for the Rays this season, and he has hit .312 with 14 homers and 61 RBIs in 107 games at Triple-A.
"He's definitely a guy we want to see, now and in the future," Maddon said. "And it definitely helps our offseason planning. We're playing a lot of people in contention."
Does Guyer have a chance to start for the Rays in 2012?
"Sure he could, sure he could, he's definitely the kind of guy you want to look at," said Maddon.
Guyer was ranked seventh among Rays prospects by MLB.com prior to this season.
Guyer and Ruggiano will be the only moves on Thursday according to Maddon, but he added that "there are a couple of things we might look at when we get home."
While at Triple-A Durham, Justin Ruggino had an opportunity to observe top prospect Matt Moore, and he liked what he saw of the prized lefty. "Moore is impressive to watch," Ruggiano said. "His on-field performance was impressive and his off-the-field work ethic was the thing that I was probably most impressed with for a young kid. Second to none from what I've seen there. ... There's a reason he throws 96."
Where run prevention is concerned, the Rays are among the best. The team has allowed 510 runs for the season, which is the fewest in the American League and fourth fewest in the Major Leagues; their .988 fielding percentage is tied with the Phillies for the best in the Majors.
Several Rays Minor Leaguers were named to postseason All-Star teams for their respective leagues, including utility man Russ Canzler (Triple-A International League); second baseman Tyler Bortnick and shortstop Hak-Ju Lee (Class A Florida State League); left-handers Chris Rearick and C.J. Riefenhauser (Class A Midwestern League); and infielder Taylor Motter (Rookie Appalachian League).
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.