Brandon Allen, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right quad strain, is showing improvements and could return soon.
"He's doing fine, he's been swinging the bat, he should be pretty much the normal length of time, I would think," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Although he's going to have to go back on rehab, we'll have to get that set up pretty soon. [He's] a good young man, great guy."
The first basemen/outfielder was placed on the DL on Thursday. He's batting .100 over 20 at-bats this season and has collected both his hits in a Rays uniform after starting the season with Oakland.
Maddon can sympathize with his catcher Chris Gimenez, who has three catcher's interference calls against him this season. He became the first catcher to commit three in one season since Mike Napoli did it with the Angels in 2006.
"I had three in one game one time at Quad City Iowa ... it killed my fielding average," Maddon said. "I was not shy about coming out of the shoot. I told him the story."