OF David DeJesus received a call Friday morning in his Kansas City hotel room from Andrew Friedman who told him to back his bags because a charter flight was waiting to whisk him to Tampa Bay.

“It’s unbelievable” DeJesus said. “Just five days ago I was in last place.”

DeJesus began the week as a member of the Cubs was claimed off waivers Monday by the Nationals waived again Thursday then was claimed by the Rays. The teams worked out a deal Friday in which the Rays will send a player to be named later to Washington.

DeJesus found himself in Friday’s lineup playing left field and batting seventh against the Yankees. He doubled and scored in his second at-bat in the Rays’ 7-2 win.

“We’ve had our eye on him for some time” said Friedman the Rays executive VP of baseball operations before the game. “We tried to acquire him when he was with Kansas City. He does a lot of things that we appreciate and value.

“What he does well will fit in well for us down the stretch.”

To make room on the roster the Rays designated OF Jason Bourgeois for assignment.

Manager Joe Maddon said the left handed-hitting DeJesus will play against right-handed pitchers. He will primarily play the corner outfield spots and can spell CF Desmond Jennings.

“I could see him in left center or right” Maddon said. “I could see him hitting first second or seventh. He’s going to be all over the place. He’s a good offensive player and a great guy. It’s good to have him here.”

DeJesus 33 played eight seasons in Kansas City before moving to the Cubs in 2012. He’s a .281 career hitter.

This is his first pennant race.

“I’m excited to put my touch on the team” he said.

He did that in his first game with his double and run scored and with his catch to end the seventh inning that ended with him crashing into the left-field wall.

“It was one of those (Chris Stewart) hit it good and it had this little hook at the end” DeJesus said. “I caught it and my face turned (into the wall). I was like ‘Yes’ I didn’t crush my shoulder. All I wanted to do was get my face in there.