MLB rumors: Rays get good and bad news in quest to hold off Yankees in AL EastMLB rumors: Rays get good and bad news in quest to hold off Yankees in AL East

The New York Yankees trail the first-place Tampa Bay Rays by four games in the American League East.

Are you a glass half-full or half-empty person?

If you’re a fan of the Tampa Bay Rays, you’ll need to be both, as the club gets ready to add AND lose a bat to the lineup.

The Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin reports the Rays are expected to place first baseman Ji-Man Choi on the injured list.

Choi, their left-handed-hitting first baseman, exited Sunday’s game with a recurrence of the left hamstring tightness that previously had been an issue. He will get a chance to rest the leg now with the hope he can resume playing in about two weeks.

The 30-year-old Choi is hitting .250 this season with nine home runs in 64 games.

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In a corresponding roster move, Topkin reports the Rays expect to activate slugger Nelson Cruz from the COVID IL. According to Topkin, Cruz was scratched from the lineup Sunday and placed on the COVID list.

Cruz, who was vaccinated while with the Twins before the July 22 trade, tested negative and is cleared to rejoin the team.

The 41-year-old Cruz is hitting .270 this season with 26 home runs. But he’s batting just .198 with seven home runs in 24 games since coming over from the Minnesota Twins.

As for right-hander Chris Archer, who left Sunday’s start with hip soreness after just two innings, Topkin reports that for now, he will “stay on the active roster and take his next turn in the rotation on Sunday.”

The Rays have a four-game lead over the New York Yankees in the American League East.

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Mike Rosenstein may be reached at mrosenstein@njadvancemedia.com.

The New York Yankees trail the first-place Tampa Bay Rays by four games in the American League East.

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