The Tampa Bay Rays announced on Friday afternoon that they have claimed outfielder Bligh Madris from the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was designated for assignment three days ago when the Pirates added Luis Ortiz to the 40-man roster.
Madris debuted in the majors this season after putting together a strong Spring Training, followed by some great hitting at Indianapolis to start the season. The 26-year-old had his share of struggles in his first opportunity in the majors, hitting .177/.244/.266 in 39 games. He returned to Indianapolis and did well, finishing with a .294/.366/.482 slash line in 71 games, which gave him the second best OPS on the team behind Cal Mitchell.