Rays place C Francisco Mejia on 10-day IL, recall Rene Pinto

The Tampa Bay Rays placed Francisco Mejia on the 10-day injured list with a left knee MCL sprain Friday and recalled fellow catcher Rene Pinto from Triple-A Durham.

Mejia, 27, underwent an MRI on his knee after exiting in the seventh inning of Thursday's 4-3 loss to the visiting Baltimore Orioles.

He is batting .227 with five homers and 19 RBIs in 50 games this season.

Mejia is a career .239 hitter with 29 homers and 118 RBIs in 355 career games with Cleveland (2017-18), the San Diego Padres (2018-20) and Rays.

Pinto, 26, has been working his way back from a bruised hand. He batted .213 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 25 games last season with the Rays.