By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
PORT CHARLOTTE — Daniel Robertson made an impact on the Charlotte Stone Crabs Thursday night in a rehab appearance against the Dunedin Blue Jays.
The Tampa Bay Rays infielder, working his way back from a neck injury, went 1-for-2 with an RBI single in the Stone Crabs’ victory.
“Any hit and any way to contribute to the Stone Crabs is nice,” Robertson said.
Robertson wasn’t tested at all in four innings at second base. He struck out looking in his first at-bat.
“It feels good to get back out on the field,” Robertson said. “It was nice just to get that feeling back and get my legs underneath me.”
Robertson said he would play in today’s finale of the four-game series against Dunedin as well as in Saturday’s series opener against St. Lucie. One day he will serve as the designated hitter, and the other day he will play third base.
He earned a trip to the 10-day disabled list with a neck injury on June 30 (retroactive to June 26).
The 23-year-old’s role when he returns likely will be limited. Once the Rays acquired shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, the team had optioned Robertson to the minors, but the move was voided when he was placed on the DL.
Robertson has played 58 games with a .224 batting average so far in his rookie season. Used as a utility player, he’s appeared at four different positions in the field for the Rays this season.