ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Rays defense has been hurting without Glove Glove All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria in the lineup. Longoria has been out with a partially torn left hamstring since May 1.
Tuesday night the Rays acquired 31-year-old Ryan Roberts from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The infielder primarily plays third base but also saw time at second base and in left field.
In 83 games with Arizona Roberts hit .250 with six home runs, 34 RBI and 6 stolen bases.
Roberts best season came in 2011 when he batted .249 with 19 home runs, 65 RBI and 18 stolen bases. In last year's National League Division Series against the Milwaukee Brewers, Roberts hit 2 home runs including a grand slam in Game 4.
The Irving, Texas, resident was drafted in the 18th round in 2003 Draft by Toronto. He played collegiate baseball at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Roberts is active on Twitter with the handle @RRoberts14 . He is expected to wear the number 19 with the Rays.
The Rays traded minor league second baseman Tyler Bortnick to acquire Roberts. Bortnick had spent the entire season with Double-A Montgomery.
The 25-year-old was hitting .253 with four home runs, 48 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 95 games. The Mentor, Ohio, native has a career .289 average and .396 OBP over four minor league seasons.
Bortnick was a 16th round selection in the 2009 Draft out of Coastal Carolina University. Baseball America rated Bortnick as having the Best Strike Zone Discipline in the Rays minor league system.
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