TORONTO -- Ryan Roberts was earmarked as the player to be optioned back to Triple-A Durham to make room for James Loney's return from the paternity list, but that decision was not officially made until after Rays manager Joe Maddon and his coaching staff took a long look at shortstop Yunel Escobar working out on the field shortly before the start of Sunday's Rays-Blue Jays contest at Rogers Centre.
Escobar has not played since the All-Star break due to a mild right hamstring strain, so prior to sending Roberts down, Maddon and company wanted to make sure that the Rays did not have to put their starting shortstop on the disabled list.
After the workout, Escobar was pronounced fine. Maddon did not say he would start Monday in Boston, but he did allow that he would be ready.
Roberts started the first two games of the Toronto series, going 2-for-9 and notching the go-ahead RBI single in Friday night's win.
Maddon called Roberts' attitude "spectacular" and praised his work.
"I told him about it yesterday," Maddon said. "I've been really, really impressed with Ryan and how he's handled all of this. It's not like he's coming up here for his first salvo, he's been up here for long periods. He's a Major League veteran, who has had some very good years, so to handle it as well as he has, with the professionalism, as a person and a player. But also to perform like he has, it's been outstanding. We're really fortunate to have him."
Roberts was not available to the media following the decision, but he spoke Friday night about how getting "back on track" in regard to his religious faith helped him handle the many ups and downs of professional baseball.
"In the past, [going up and down from the Major Leagues to the Minor Leagues] might have been a little tougher than now," Roberts said. "Now, I take the good out of everything."
Myers rests sore left wrist as precaution
TORONTO -- Wil Myers was not in the Rays' starting lineup Sunday afternoon against the Blue Jays due to a sore left wrist.
Myers said he initially hurt his wrist while making a slide in the Minnesota series prior to the All-Star break.
"It wasn't too bad. I could play through it, just yesterday kind of flared up a little more than I would like," Myers said. "Just precaution right now."
Manager Joe Maddon said he believes Myers' wrist "is a day-to-day thing."
"I actually believe he's going to play tomorrow," Maddon said. "He went out and took some swings and just felt a little sore on the finish. He might be able to pinch-hit today, also. But again, I don't think it's anything bad, just a day kind of thing."
When asked if he would play Monday, Myers assured reporters he could when he answered, "Yeah, yeah."
Myers entered Sunday's action hitting .310 with four home runs and 18 RBIs.
New father Loney joins Rays in Toronto
TORONTO -- James Loney returned to the Rays and was in Sunday's starting lineup after being away on paternity leave.
The Rays' first baseman arrived with a glow about him and that glow remained when he discussed the birth of he and his wife Nadia's first child, James Jordan.
"It's definitely an amazing feeling," Loney said. "You don't know what to really expect until it happens. It's a feeling like no other."
James Jordan's due date had been July 24. Loney explained that Nadia wanted to give birth naturally, but given the baby's size, the couple chose to have labor induced, which led to Friday's birth.
When asked if the name had any significance, Loney responded: "I know I came up with the name, but she liked it also."
Loney arrived in Toronto Sunday at 2 a.m. ET and said he actually managed to get some sleep in the aftermath of the birth.
• Since Luke Scott cut his hair into a "traditional '80s rat tail," he has hit safely in a career-high 12 straight games, the second-longest active streak heading into Sunday's action behind Cincinnati's Shin-Soo Choo (14). He is batting .386 (17-for-44) with three home runs and eight RBIs during the streak.
• Maddon commended Sean Rodriguez's play at first base. Rodriguez started at first on Saturday in place of Loney against the Blue Jays and made several scoops on throws skipped to him.
"He's playing with a lot of confidence over there and that gives the other players confidence in him, which is a good thing if we need to give James a day off."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.