Rays will find out soon what Vidal Brujan, Taylor Walls can and can’t do

ST. PETERSBURG — One of the guys the Rays will lean on heavily to replace injured slugging second baseman Brandon Lowe was hardly a prospect when they first got him, signed for a $15,000 bonus in 2014 and barely weighing 150 pounds.

The other is a hard-nosed, silky-smooth defender who admittedly is more comfortable at shortstop and closing in on nearly 100 games played in the majors but still struggling to hit his own weight.

The Rays say they are confident that Vidal Brujan, the once-skinny kid from the Dominican Republic who was called up from Triple-A, and Taylor Walls, the defensive whiz who was being used in a utility infield role, can fill the void.

It’s not like they have much choice.

The Rays don’t have — and to be fair, nor would most teams — someone on their bench or at Triple-A Durham capable of stepping in to play second smoothly and hit the 30-plus homers they expect from Lowe.

And with Lowe expected to be sidelined for only a month or so due to a stress reaction in his lower back, they are not going to invest prospects or money to trade for a proven replacement.

Instead, like many things the Rays do, expect them to patch things together and find a way to make it work — albeit with the pieces fitting a little differently.

Taylor Walls was a standout shortstop in the minors but was…

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