Rays acquire outfielder Rich Thompson from Phillies

ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired outfielder Rich Thompson from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league outfielder Kyle Hudson.  Thompson will be added to the active roster for tonight’s game against the Boston Red Sox.  He will wear No. 24.

To make room on the active roster, outfielder Brandon Guyer was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 13, with left shoulder strain.  To accommodate Thompson’s addition to the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Jeff Niemann has been transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

Thompson, 33, has spent 13 seasons in the minor leagues and has not appeared in the majors since 2004, when he played in six games for the Kansas City Royals.  This year, he batted .307 (27-for-88) with no home runs, 11 RBI and seven stolen bases in 29 games for Lehigh Valley (AAA), where he has spent the majority of the last five seasons (2008-12).  He has amassed 442 stolen bases in his minor league career, including seven seasons of 40 or more steals, and an International League-leading 48 in 2011.  The left-handed hitter has played all three outfield positions in the minors but has played primarily center field. 

Thompson made the Royals Opening Day roster in 2004 and was used primarily as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement.  He went 0-for-1 with one run scored and a stolen base.  He was designated for assignment on April 24 that season and has not played in the majors since.

Guyer, 25, becomes the ninth Rays player currently on the disabled list.  Since being recalled from Durham (AAA) on May 9, he appeared in three games, batting .143 (1-for-7) with one home run and one RBI.

Niemann, 29, was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday due to a fractured right fibula, an injury he sustained in Monday’s game in Toronto.  He is 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA (34.2-IP, 13-ER) in seven starts this season.