ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Drew Sutton had a whirlwind couple days that ended up with a trip back to the big leagues.
The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired Sutton from Pittsburgh, just one day after the Pirates made a trade to get him.
The Rays got the switch-hitter infielder on Monday for a player to be named or cash considerations.
“In about seven hours I was on three different clubs,” Sutton said. “For four or five hours I was with the Pirates and now I’m in St. Petersburg.”
Tampa Bay announced the deal before their game against Toronto.
Pittsburgh sent cash to Atlanta on Sunday for Sutton. He had been at Triple-A Gwinnett, hitting .270 and mostly playing third base.
Sutton was pulled early from Sunday’s International League game at Rochester. After the game Sutton was told that he would be joining the Pirates’ Triple-A team in Indianapolis.
Then came another phone call, and an unexpected promotion to the majors.
“When you’re taken out in the fourth inning and you have five innings to sit there and think about the possibility of where you could go, I didn’t think (Indianapolis) was one of them,” Sutton said. “I was hoping I was going to get to go to the big leagues, and it was definitely a much better reaction when they told me it was here.”
Sutton has spent parts of three seasons in the major leagues with the Cincinnati Reds (2009-10), Cleveland Indians (2010) and Boston Red Sox (2011).