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James Loney | First Baseman

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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James Loney is not in the Rays lineup on Saturday.
He's being eased back into action so he will take a seat against opposing southpaw Daniel Norris. Logan Forsythe will start in his place at first base. Apr 25 - 2:13 PM

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James Loney hit a two-run home run off of R.A. Dickey in the fourth inning of Friday's blowout win over the Blue Jays.

Loney had not played since April 6th, as the first baseman's been recovering from a right oblique strain. He came back in style, swatting the big fly in the fourth inning of a game in which the Rays would score 12 runs on 13 hits. Loney hit .290/.386/.380 in 2014. He has a bit of pop in his bat, but he isn't worth owning in mixed leagues.
Apr 25 - 1:01 AM

Rays activated 1B James Loney from the 15-day disabled list.

Loney needed just one rehab game to show that he was over his right oblique strain. The first baseman wound up missing just over a week of action. Allan Dykstra, who had been filling in at first in Loney's absence, has been sent down in a corresponding move.
Apr 24 - 8:05 AM

James Loney (oblique) is set to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with High-A Charlotte.

Loney suffered a mild right oblique strain while taking batting practice before the Rays' second regular-season game. The first baseman will probably be activated from the 15-day disabled list over the weekend.
Apr 23 - 11:41 AM

James Loney (oblique) expects to be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

Loney suffered a mild right oblique strain prior to the second game of the season, but he took batting practice Tuesday without incident. He expects to play one minor league rehab game before returning.
Apr 21 - 4:12 PM

James Loney (oblique) will play a rehab game or two this week for High-A Charlotte.

Loney is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, and it sounds like he'll be ready. "It's been hard, just sitting there and watching games," Loney said of the first DL stint of his career. "It goes by. It's just one of those things." He suffered a strained oblique during batting practice before the Rays' second game of the season.
Apr 20 - 8:45 AM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that James Loney (oblique) might be ready when eligible.

Loney was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 7, so the first day he can be activated is April 22. The first baseman is working his way back from a right oblique strain. It was called mild from the jump.
Apr 16 - 9:06 AM

Rays placed 1B James Loney on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 7, with a mild right oblique strain.

Loney didn't think the ailment was that bad after his side tightened up on him after batting practice Tuesday, but it's not the first time a player has undersold his injury. Allan Dykstra has been promoted to take Loney's spot on the roster and is starting at first base Wednesday. The fact that the Rays are calling the strain mild suggests that Loney has a shot to return when his 15 days are up.
Apr 8 - 3:27 PM

James Loney said after Tuesday's game that he doesn't think his tweaked right side injury is that bad.

Loney's side tightened up on him after batting practice, forcing him to be scratched from the lineup. He'll be re-evaluated on Wednesday before the Rays know how much time he might miss. The Rays are calling him day-to-day for now.
Apr 7 - 11:02 PM

James Loney has been scratched from the Rays' starting lineup Tuesday night versus the Orioles because of a tweaked muscle in his right side.

Loney tweaked the muscle during pregame batting practice. He's considered day-to-day for now, but a strain of some sort would likely put him on the disabled list. Logan Forsythe has been shifted from designated hitter to first base and Brandon Guyer is now at DH on Tuesday versus O's lefty Wei-Yin Chen.
Apr 7 - 5:37 PM

James Loney went 0-for-4 on Tuesday and is hitting .208/.224/.313 in 48 at-bats this spring.

With his power numbers well down, Loney was merely adequate for the Rays last year, hitting .290/.336/.380 with 69 RBI in 600 at-bats. It's safe to assume the Rays would prefer now not to have to pay him $15 million these next two years, but they'll play him regularly until someone better comes along, or at least until someone offers to take the contract.
Mar 31 - 4:18 PM

James Loney was the lone bright spot for the Rays offense in Friday's loss to the Indians, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.

The Rays generated just five hits as a team, with Loney the only member to collect a pair of them. He's had another solid season for Tampa Bay, slashing .290/.336/.381 with nine homers and 68 RBI.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 09:46:00 PM

James Loney went 3-for-4 with three singles as the Rays handed the Yankees a 6-1 loss on Tuesday.

Loney now has three three-hit games out of his last eight contests. The first baseman brought his slash line back up to .292/.338/.385 and has nine home runs and 66 RBI to go along with it.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 11:13:00 PM

James Loney went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and an RBI single as the Rays edged out the Yankees on Tuesday.

Loney took Hiroki Kuroda deep in the second inning, then knocked in the Rays' third run the next inning. Never one for a surfeit of power, Loney is sitting on nine home runs, 66 RBI, and a .289/.337/.385 slash line.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 10:38:00 PM

James Loney went 4-for-6 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

Loney hit one of the Rays' four home runs off Orioles starter Bud Norris. He's been one of the lone productive hitters in the Rays' lineup this season, and he bats cleanup regularly as a result. The homer was his eighth of the season, giving him 64 RBI to go with a .286/.334/.377 line.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 07:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Tim Beckham
4Ryan Brett
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Chris Archer
3Jake Odorizzi
4Drew Smyly
5Nate Karns
6Erasmo Ramirez
7Alex Colome
8Matt Andriese
9Matt Moore
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Brad Boxberger
3Kevin Jepsen
4Ernesto Frieri
5Jeff Beliveau
6Steve Geltz
7C.J. Riefenhauser
8Everett Teaford
9Xavier Cedeno
10Brandon Gomes