Keppinger placed on 15-day DL

Keppinger placed on 15-day DL

Keppinger placed on 15-day DL
ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay will continue to be without infielder Jeff Keppinger for Monday's series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. The team announced Monday the 32-year-old is heading to the 15-day disabled list because of a broken right big toe.

The injury happened during Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves. While sitting in the dugout, Keppinger was struck on the foot by a foul ball hit by Martin Prado. Keppinger is hitting .295 with eight RBIs on the season with two home runs.

Tampa Bay acquired infielder Drew Sutton from Pittsburgh on Monday to fill Keppinger's spot on the active roster. The team also announced left-handed pitcher John Gaub was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

Good news appears to be on the horizon for the Rays on the injury front, however. Jose Molina, who left Sunday's game after getting hit in the mask with the ball, was in the lineup against the Jays. Desmond Jennings and Evan Longoria continue to take batting practice as they recover from their respective injuries. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he likes what he's seen out of both players.

"I thought Desmond was real good, very comfortable, strong, quick bat," Maddon said. "Longo, the same thing, but I know Longo is a bit farther off than Desmond is."

Jennings is eligible to come off the disabled list May 27, and Maddon added that how well Jennings can run and make cuts will determine his return.

"It's within the realm of possibility," Maddon said regarding the possibility of Jennings coming off the disabled list Sunday.

Catcher Jose Lobaton has also been on the disabled list since April 15 and could come off in about a week.