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One of the league's best teams is about to get better on Friday with the return of its promising star. On Friday, the Tampa Bay Rays activated outfielder Austin Meadows off the 10-day injured list. The 24-year-old outfielder went down in late April with a sprained right thumb and he is now back with the team after finishing off a short rehab assignment with the club's Triple-A affiliate. The impact:Meadows' left-handed bat will make for a huge addition to Tampa Bay's lineup as his numbers this season have already demonstrated. • In 20 games before the injury, Meadows slashed .351/.422/.676 with a 1.097 OPS. • He is an all-around threat whenever he is on the diamond as shown by his six home runs, three stolen bases and 19 RBIs in a very short amount of time. Now with the New York Yankees in town for a in-division battle, Meadows could be the added push Tampa Bay needs to take the series and further increase its lead in the division over New York.

Just hours after bringing him in for a workout, the New England Patriots bolstered their receiving corps on Friday by landing a player many teams coveted.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots signed wide receiver Dontrelle Inman to a one-year deal, who chose New England over three other teams.

The player: Inman has been a journeyman for much of his NFL career, spending time with three teams over the past two seasons.

  • The 30-year-old played for the Indianapolis Colts in 2018 and hauled in 28 receptions for 334 receiving yards and one touchdown.
  • He stepped up more in the postseason with a combined 108 receiving yards and a touchdown in two games.

The fit: Inman joins a receiving corps that is pretty thin outside of Julian Edelman and first-round pick N’Keal Harry.

  • New England signed Demaryius Thomas in April, but he is still recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.
  • Phillip Dorsett re-signed with the Patriots this offseason but he is still only expected to play in a limited role.

This should be an excellent opportunity for Inman to prove himself with a great organization and quarterback, it’s only made better by the fact he will have a chance to win a Super Bowl as well.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick