When the Rays acquired Matt Duffy from the Giants last July, they envisioned the then-third baseman as their everyday shortstop.
But the Achilles injury that hampered him with the Giants hasn't fully healed. He hasn't played in a major league game this season and played in just 21 games after the trade last season.
While Duffy is making progress in his latest attempt to get back on the field, the Rays have acquired a new shortstop.
Tampa Bay and the Miami Marlins announced a deal that sends slick-fielding Adeiny Hechavarria to the Rays for two minor leaguers.
As for Duffy, he missed all of spring training due to irritation in his Achillies. He began a rehab assignment in May, but that lasted just three games. Recently, the Rays sent Duffy back to the doctor that performed the operation on his heal last year. According to TampaBay.com, Dr. Bob Anderson removed a calcium deposit that was causing Duffy to be in pain.
"We're hoping that that is what's been causing all the irritation because it was taken right from the spot where he gets most of this pain," Rays manager Kevin Cash told TampaBay.com on Friday.
Following the announcement of the trade on Monday, Rays Senior VP of Baseball Operations Chaim Bloom told reporters that the team is "optimistic" that Duffy will return this season, but that he won't play in games for a while.
Once the stitches heal from this latest operation, Duffy should be able to resume baseball activities and start a rehab assignment shortly after that. In the meantime, Hechavarria, who has been on the DL with an oblique strain, will likely become the Rays starting shortstop.