St. PETERSBURG, FL -- Further proof that baseball is a cold-hearted business.
Saturday night, Texas A&M product Justin Ruggiano hit his first big league home run as Tampa Bay beat the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field.
The next day, the Rays optioned Ruggiano back down to the AAA Durham Bulls.
With Akinori Iwamura getting ready to serve his three-game suspension from his part in the Boston fracas of June 5, and the prospect of everyday shortstop Jason Bartlett missing some time when his wife delivers the couple's first child, the Rays found themselves in a position where they could be thin at shortstop.
So they called up Dallas Baptist product Ben Zobrist to fill in at shortstop.
Zobrist hit .267 in seven games for the Rays this season.