ST. PETERSBURG -- In the aftermath of infielder Reid Brignac getting optioned to Triple-A Durham, Rays manager Joe Maddon was asked who would be the third-string shortstop behind starter Sean Rodriguez and backup Elliot Johnson.
"[Ben Zobrist] could go over there, or Evan [Longoria]; [Jeff] Keppinger could go over there," Maddon said. "... I'm comfortable with all that stuff. Hopefully it's not going to get to that point."
When asked if he had the backups for the position ranked, Maddon noted: "I don't see it so much as a ranking as doing whatever is necessary at that time and doing it."
Allen excited to join Rays, but has no role yet
ST. PETERSBURG -- Brandon Allen reported Saturday after the Rays claimed the first baseman/outfielder off waivers from the Athletics on Thursday.
To make room on the 25-man roster, infielder Reid Brignac was optioned to Triple-A Durham after Friday night's game.
Allen, 26, has played parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues with the D-backs and Athletics. He appeared happy to be joining the Rays on Saturday.
"It's obviously a great team to be around, a great clubhouse to be in from a perspective of just being here," Allen said. "... I'm happy to be here, in that way. I'm excited."
In 109 Major League games, Allen has a .205 batting average with 11 home runs, 38 RBIs, 40 walks and 133 strikeouts in 331 at-bats. In eight Minor League seasons, Allen accrued 142 home runs.
"I guess people know me for power, but I want to be more than that," Allen said. "Hopefully the guys here can turn me into a complete player."
Allen seemed pleased to be in the same clubhouse with power-hitting left-handed sluggers Luke Scott and Carlos Pena.
"I'm trying to take all I can from them," Allen said. "I met Carlos and told him I was going to be in his back pocket. ... It's going to be a good experience watching these guys play."
Rays manager Joe Maddon said he does not have a clear role for Allen yet.
"Obviously, he's got big power, maybe as a pinch-hitter," Maddon said. "The fact that there's a strikeout involved, maybe there's a three-run homer in there, too. I don't have anything clear. So far, the roles [on the team] have been going pretty well. But I don't like people to sit around too long, either. So I'll try to figure it out."
Maddon said he met Allen for the first time before Saturday night's game.
"And he dropped a 'Mr. Maddon' on me and I said, 'Come on,'" said Maddon with a smile. "Just like I heard, he's really a nice kid. He's outstanding. He is all of that. Big power like we're talking about, plays several positions. I'm just curious to see what it looks like because I have not really had a chance to see him play."
Maddon not worried about Gomes
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays manager Joe Maddon said everything with Brandon Gomes is just fine despite two less-than-stellar outings in his first two appearances since being recalled on Tuesday from Triple-A Durham.
The right-hander took the loss Friday night after he did not record an out when he entered the game in the seventh inning in relief of Matt Moore. In two appearances since his recall, he has allowed five of the eight batters he's faced to reach base.
"Yesterday, the velocity was down a little bit as compared to the first game back," Maddon said. "But this guy is one of the better makeup guys you're going to meet. He needs to play and play with some regularity to get that arm strength built back up."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.