Rays place Steven Souza Jr. on 15-day DL, activate John Jaso

Tuesday July 7th, 2015

The Tampa Bay Rays activated designated hitter John Jaso from the 60-day disabled list and placed rightfielder Steven Souza Jr. on the 15-day disabled list with a right finger laceration, the team announced.

Souza’s move to the DL is retroactive to July 6. In a corresponding roster move, Tampa Bay designated right-hander Preston Guilmet for assignment.

Jaso has missed the entire season because of left wrist contusion. He played eight games on a rehab assignment with Class A Charlotte and Triple A Durham, hitting .250.

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Souza was injured when he was hit by a pitch on his right pinky finger by New York Yankees pitcher Bryan Mitchell during Sunday’s game. Souza received three stitches to close a deep laceration on the finger and the team said there was no tendon damage.

"It's still numb, but it's not a huge concern," Souza said to MLB.com. "The hand specialist doesn't think that's a big concern of ours. The more that time passes by, the more we'll know what specifically is going on."

Souza is hitting .210 with a team-leading 15 home runs to go along with 33 RBI this season for the Rays (43-41), who are two games back from the Yankees in the American League East.

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