FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Looking for an outfield bat following injuries to B.J. Upton and Sam Fuld, the Rays will recall Stephen Vogt from Triple-A Durham and re-assign Jeff Salazar to the Bulls on Wednesday.
Fuld is expected to miss four to five months after successfully undergoing surgery on his right wrist Tuesday in Cleveland. Upton's lower back is expected to keep him out until mid-April.
"He'll play some left field, and we'll continue to work with him behind the plate too," manager Joe Maddon said of Vogt. "But, primarily, probably you'll see him in the outfield. He can play first base, he'll be all over the place -- takes his ground balls, takes his fly balls, hit, pinch-hit, catch a little bit, whatever. Make him into one of those guys for right now."
The Rays could still make other roster moves, possibly from outside the organization.
"There are some things that [general manager Andrew Friedman's] pursuing," Maddon said Tuesday morning, before the Vogt-Salazar swap was announced. "He's pursuing stuff outside and there's still some stuff that's happening inside, but really it could come from either direction."
Salazar, 31, went 1-for-3 with an RBI Tuesday and posted a .282/.429/.513 line in 39 Grapefruit League at-bats. Vogt, 27, is the reigning Minor League Player of the Year for the Rays, posting a .323/.382/.484 line in 31 at-bats. Vogt hit 17 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A last season.
At the outset of spring, the Rays thought Vogt was more likely to make the team as a catcher than an outfielder, but his chances were not strong either way.
"It's something that you probably did not foresee and we talked about it a little before camp began as a catcher, that was the outside possibility there," Maddon said. "And when we sent him back down, it was with the intent to have him catch a lot. But as everything has unfolded, his bat is one of the more impressive bats we have down below."
Rays to face future Rays in exhibition
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Rays will face some of their Minor League counterparts on Wednesday in an exhibition game against the "Future Rays," but the two teams will be somewhat blended.
The game, scheduled for 1:40 p.m. ET, takes place at Tropicana Field, and Maddon doesn't want any of the younger pitchers to perhaps be nervous and thereby imperil any of the Major League hitters. Some jitters could cause a fastball to stray too far inside, and the Rays are dealing with enough injured players.
"Only because there's going to be A-ball pitchers pitching, that was the logic," Maddon said. "Again, it's not very complicated to have those young guys pitching against us. Just thinking it all the way through, I didn't like it, I didn't like the idea. You saw early on [in spring] when [Matt] Bush did hit [Evan Longoria with a pitch]. Of course, anything can happen in any game. Of course it can. But you're just trying to eliminate the potential for it. That's all it is."
Jeff Niemann will start for the big league Rays team, with Matt Moore starting for the Future Rays. Wade Davis and J.P. Howell will also pitch for the big league Rays. Some Minor League pitchers, though, can pitch for the big-league Rays team, because the only batters they would be facing would be fellow farmhands.