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Tampa Bay Rays DFA struggling first baseman Yoshi Tsutsugo

Apr 20, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Yoshi Tsutsugo (25) at bat in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays designated struggling first baseman Yoshi Tsutsugo for assignment Tuesday.

The Rays promoted infielder Kevin Padlo from Triple-A Durham in a corresponding transaction.

Tsutsugo, 29, was batting just .167 with a .462 OPS in 26 games. He had four doubles, five RBIs and 27 strikeouts.

Tsutsugo signed a two-year, $12 million deal with Tampa Bay ahead of the 2020 season. A .285 career hitter in Japan, he hit just .187 for the Rays in 77 games.

–Field Level Media