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  • Rays Reinstate Brooks Raley, Ryan Thompson, Transfer J.P. Feyereisen To 60-Day IL

    The Rays made a flurry of moves this afternoon following a weekend series in Toronto, reinstating left-hander Brooks Raley and right-hander Ryan Thompson from the restricted list and returning righties Phoenix Sanders and Javy Guerra to Triple-A Durham. Raley and Thompson were not allowed to enter Canada due to their vaccination status but will rejoin…

    Jul 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Rays J.P. Feyereisen Brooks Raley Ryan Thompson closers
  • Brooks Raley Reinstated From Restricted List

    The Tampa Bay Rays reinstated left-hander Brooks Raley and right-hander Ryan Thompson from the restricted list on Monday and returned right-handers Phoenix Sanders and Javy Guerra to Triple-A Durham in corresponding moves. Right-hander Cristofer Ogando was optioned to Durham, and left-hander Josh Fleming has been recalled from Durham. Raley was unavailable to play in the five-game series in Toronto against the Blue Jays because he's unvaccinated against COVID-19, but he's rejoining the team for their series against the Boston Red Sox that begins on the Fourth of July. The 34-year-old southpaw has been great this year, posting a 2.22 ERA and 0.90 WHIP with four saves and 32 strikeouts in 24 1/3 relief innings.

    Jul 4 · Source via Rays Brooks Raley closers
  • Rays Select Cristofer Ogando

    The Rays announced that they have selected the contract of right-hander Cristofer Ogando and optioned fellow right-hander Ralph Garza Jr. in a corresponding move. The club already had a vacancy on their 40-man roster, though Brooks Raley and Ryan Thompson are currently on the restricted list due to their unvaccinated status preventing them from traveling…

    Jul 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Rays Ralph Garza Cristofer Ogando
  • Rays Reinstate Drew Rasmussen

    The Tampa Bay Rays reinstated right-hander Drew Rasmussen (hamstring) from the 15-day injured list on Saturday as the 27th man for their doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays. In corresponding moves, the team optioned right-hander David McKay to Triple-A Durham, recalled right-hander Dusten Knight from the taxi squad and added right-hander Cristofer Ogando to the taxi squad. Rasmussen will return to a 5-3 record, 3.41 ERA and 1.14 WHIP to start against the Blue Jays in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader. The 26-year-old didn't go on a minor league rehab assignment prior to returning, so he'll be a pretty risky fantasy option in his first start back. Rasmussen should stick in the Rays rotation following his start on Saturday.

    Jul 2 · Source via Rays Drew Rasmussen
  • Randy Arozarena Taking The Day Off

    Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena is not in the starting lineup on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays. It's a normal day of rest for Arozarena, and fantasy managers need to make sure to remove him from their daily lineups. The 27-year-old finished the month of June with a .240/.303/.390 slash line with three home runs, 13 RBI, 12 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 26 games. Overall, he's hitting .253/.306/.399 with seven home runs, 33 RBI, 33 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 304 plate appearances. Arozarena's power/speed combination remains intriguing in all fantasy leagues. Brett Phillips will get the start in right field and is hitting ninth on Friday against Jays right-hander Jose Berrios. He'll be a low-upside, deep DFS sleeper.

    Jul 1 · Source via Rays Randy Arozarena
  • Kevin Kiermaier Back From The Injured List

    The Tampa Bay Rays activated outfielder Kevin Kiermaier (hip) from the 10-day injured list on Friday and optioned outfielder Luke Raley and left-hander Ryan Yarbrough to Triple-A Durham in corresponding moves. The team also recalled right-hander David McKay from the taxi squad. Kiermaier landed on the IL on June 20 with left hip inflammation, but he wasn't out for long and is back in center field and batting fifth on Friday against Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Jose Berrios. The 32-year-old veteran should see regular playing time in center field moving forward, and he's hitting just .229/.270/.380 with seven home runs, 17 RBI, 26 runs scored and five stolen bases in 189 plate appearances and 56 games for the Rays so far in 2022.

    Jul 1 · Source via Rays Kevin Kiermaier
  • Brett Phillips Out Against Southpaw

    Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Brett Phillips is not in the starting lineup on Thursday against Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi. Phillips will start on the bench for the second straight day with the Rays facing two lefties on back-to-back days. The 28-year-old lefty hitter is batting just .159/.226/.269 on the season with four home runs, 10 RBI, 16 runs scored and six stolen bases in 145 at-bats, and he's actually hitless with 12 strikeouts in 26 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers this season. Josh Lowe is getting the start in center field and is hitting ninth against Kikuchi. The former first-rounder has gone 17-for-95 (.179) with a homer, seven RBI and two stolen bases in his first 27 games for Tampa this year, and he'll be a low-upside DFS gamble in the nine-hole.

    Jun 30 · Source via Rays Brett Phillips
  • Ji-Man Choi Resting Thursday Against Lefty

    Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi is not in the starting lineup on Thursday against Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi. Believe it or not, Choi has gone 13-for-28 (.464) against left-handed pitchers on the season, but he'll take the day off on Thursday after facing a southpaw on Wednesday. Overall, he's hitting a solid .282/.386/.465 with an .851 OPS, six home runs, 35 RBI and 22 runs scored in 202 plate appearances over 53 games played. Isaac Paredes is at the cold corner and is hitting fifth on Thursday, while Harold Ramirez is the designated hitter and is batting third against Kikuchi.

    Jun 30 · Source via Rays Ji-Man Choi
  • Brooks Raley Unavailable Against Toronto

    The Tampa Bay Rays placed relievers Brooks Raley and Ryan Thompson on the restricted list on Thursday, and they will not be joining the team in Toronto for a five-game series this weekend due to Canada's COVID vaccination requirement. The Rays bullpen will be a bit short-handed this weekend against the Blue Jays. The left-handed Raley has been great for Tampa so far this year in 24 1/3 innings pitched, picking up four saves while allowing six earned runs on 14 hits while striking out 32 and walking only eight in 27 relief appearances. Thompson hasn't been nearly as good, posting a 5.33 ERA and 1.42 WHIP with 22 K's, three saves and 10 walks in 25 1/3 innings pitched.

    Jun 30 · Source via Rays Brooks Raley closers
  • Jeffrey Springs Won't Make Start Thursday

    The Tampa Bay Rays placed left-hander Jeffrey Springs on the family medical emergency list on Thursday, which explains why he won't make the start against the Toronto Blue Jays as originally scheduled. Ryan Yarbrough has been called up from the minors as the likely bulk pitcher for Thursday's game, while Matt Wisler is listed as the opener for Tampa. Springs will be forced to miss three to seven days, but he could be an option to return as a starter for the Rays next week. Yarbrough has struggled in his time in the big leagues this year, going 0-3 with a 5.65 ERA and 1.53 WHIP while walking 10 and striking out 20 in 28 2/3 innings over seven appearances (six starts), so he won't be a recommended fantasy streamer.

    Jun 30 · Source via Rays Jeffrey Springs closers
  • Randy Arozarena Steals Two Bags On Wednesday

    Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena continued to be active on the base paths in the team's 5-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. He stole two bases in the game and went 0-for-2 at the plate with a pair of walks and a run scored. Arozarena now has five stolen bases over his last three games and a total of 10 stolen bases over 12 attempts in June. His 17 stolen bases on the year have salvaged his fantasy value as he has an underwhelming .256/.310/.404 slash line on the season. After hitting 20 home runs across 142 games last year, he's only managed seven homers over 72 games this year. His barrel rate is down from 8.2% in 2021 to 6.8% this season.

    Jun 30 · Source via Rays Randy Arozarena
  • Ji-Man Choi Back In Action Wednesday

    Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi (ankle) is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He will be covering first base and batting sixth in the game. Choi was held out of Tuesday's game due to ankle soreness. Isaac Paredes covered first base on Tuesday, but he's shifting to second base for Wednesday's tilt. Choi has had a productive year at the plate thus far. Over 52 games, he's slashed .287/.389/.473 with six home runs, 35 RBI and 22 runs.

    Jun 29 · Source via Rays Ji-Man Choi
  • Curtis Mead Promoted To Triple-A

    Tampa Bay Rays infield prospect Curtis Mead was promoted from Double-A to Triple-A on Tuesday. He went on to make his first appearance at Triple-A this year on Tuesday and he went 1-for-4 with a single. The 21-year-old Australian is ranked as the team's No. 4 overall prospect by MLB Pipeline. He slashed .305/.394/.548 with 10 home runs, 36 RBI and 35 runs over 56 games at Double-A this year prior to his promotion. He briefly played at Triple-A last year, suiting up in four games last September and hitting a home run and two doubles. There's a chance he could make his MLB debut this year if he stays hot at Triple-A and the team needs him somewhere in the infield. However, it may be more likely that we see him get his first chance in the majors next year.

    Jun 29 · Source via Rays Curtis Mead prospects
  • Drew Rasmussen Likely To Return During Blue Jays Series

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Drew Rasmussen (hamstring) stated that he felt good after going through a live batting practice session on Saturday. The expectation is that he will rejoin the team's starting rotation at some point during its five-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, which spans from Thursday to Sunday and includes a doubleheader on Saturday. Rasmussen has been on the injured list since June 15 due to a left hamstring strain. He's made 12 starts this year and he's gone 5-3 with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.

    Jun 29 · Source via Rays Drew Rasmussen
  • Kevin Kiermaier Expected To Return On Friday

    Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier (hip) expects to return from the injured list when first eligible this Friday. The 32-year-old has been on the injured list since June 21 due to left hip inflammation. He received a cortisone shot and it reportedly helped his ailment. Kiermaier went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in a rehab game in the Florida Complex League on Tuesday. The veteran has appeared in 56 games for the Rays this year and he's slashed .229/.270/.380 with seven home runs, five stolen bases, 17 RBI and 26 runs.

    Jun 29 · Source via Rays Kevin Kiermaier
  • Brandon Lowe Begins Taking Batting Practice

    Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe (back) has begun taking batting practice and he is "pain-free," according to Rays manager Kevin Cash. However, Cash also added that the team still needs to plan out a rehab calendar for him and that "it's still going to be some time." Lowe has been out since mid-May due to a stress reaction in his lower back. He suffered a setback during his recovery and had been shut down for a little while before resuming baseball activities. We're still without a clear timeline for the 27-year-old, but for now, it's at least good to see that he isn't experiencing pain while swinging.

    Jun 28 · Source via Rays Brandon Lowe
  • Brooks Raley Records Fourth Save

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Brooks Raley fired a scoreless ninth inning during Sunday's victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He retired the first two batters before issuing a two out walk to Jack Suwinski. The 33-year-old recorded the next out and picked up his fourth save of the season. The Rays are expected to continue going closer by committee, which means Raley will be in the mix for saves. However, it's uncertain when his chances will come, so it's tough to count on him as a fantasy option.

    Jun 26 · Source via Rays Brooks Raley closers
  • Pete Fairbanks To Throw Live Batting Practice Monday

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Pete Fairbanks (lat) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Monday, according to Rays manager Kevin Cash. Cash laid out the plan for Fairbanks over the coming week. Assuming Fairbanks has no setbacks, after Monday's session he will pitch in a Florida Complex League game on Thursday. Then he will join Triple-A Durham. Fairbanks is working his way back from a right lat muscle tear that he suffered during spring training. He was a heavily utilized arm out of the pen for the Rays last year, appearing in 47 games and racking up 14 holds and five saves while pitching to a 3.59 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.

    Jun 25 · Source via Rays Peter Fairbanks closers
  • Jeffrey Springs Strikes Out Nine Friday

    Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Jeffrey Springs struck out a season-high nine hitters in a no-decision against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. All three of the earned runs he allowed came on three solo home runs, and he walked none in his six innings of work. The long ball has been a bit of an issue for Springs, but otherwise he's been solid for fantasy managers, posting a 2.25 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP with a 27% strikeout rate and a career-low 5.6% walk rate in 60 innings over 18 appearances (10 starts). He also has a career-low .214 batting average against and a solid 3.34 FIP. Springs currently has a career-low .265 batting average on balls in play, so he probably won't be this good all year, but he's worth rostering in most mixed leagues.

    Jun 25 · Source via Rays Jeffrey Springs closers
  • Wander Franco Goes 2-For-4 At Triple-A Friday

    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco (quadriceps) had a solid game at Triple-A Durham on Friday. He went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, an RBI and a run scored. He played designated hitter in the game. Franco has now played in games on three consecutive days at Durham. He's gone 3-for-9 with two walks across the three-game stretch. He played shortstop on both Wednesday and Thursday before shifting to DH on Friday. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Franco will either be activated on Sunday or Tuesday, assuming his right quad injury poses no issues beforehand.

    Jun 25 · Source via Rays Wander Franco
  • Jonathan Aranda Making MLB Debut Friday

    Tampa Bay Rays infielder Jonathan Aranda is making his major league debut on Friday against Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Mitch Keller, and he will start at second base and bat seventh in the batting order. Aranda was called up from the minors earlier this week and will function in a super-utility role for the Rays for the time being. The team's No. 21 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, was hitting a strong .310/.386/.512 with an .898 OPS, 11 home runs, 40 RBI, 45 runs scored and three stolen bases in 63 games with Triple-A Durham before his call-up. Because he probably won't be playing every day, he's really only an option for those in AL-only and dynasty leagues for the time being. Aranda is a hit-over-power player that stands at just 5-foot-10.

    Jun 24 · Source via Rays Jonathan Aranda prospects
  • Drew Rasmussen Could Rejoin Rotation Next Week

    Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash said that right-hander Drew Rasmussen (hamstring) will throw a simulated game on Saturday and could rejoin the starting rotation next week when the team plays at the Toronto Blue Jays for four games in five days. Rasmussen landed on the injured list on June 15 with a left hamstring strain, but he's looking at a return next week. The 26-year-old was dominant to kick off the year, but he had a 5.59 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 19 1/3 innings in his four starts before his hamstring injury. Still, he's sporting a 3.41 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 49 strikeouts and 16 walks in 58 innings over 12 starts overall and should be scooped up off the waiver wire if he was dropped by his previous owner.

    Jun 24 · Source via Rays Drew Rasmussen
  • Manuel Margot May Avoid Surgery

    Tampa Bay Rays skipper Kevin Cash said that outfielder Manuel Margot's right knee issue is with the patellar tendon and not his ACL. The team continues to gather information, but from what they've heard, they're "trending toward being optimistic" that Margot won't need surgery. It's good news, but the 27-year-old is on the 60-day injured list and will still miss at least two months after crashing into the outfield wall earlier this week. He had become a must-start fantasy asset this year, too, as Margot was hitting .302/.365/.423 with three home runs, 27 RBI, 21 runs scored and five stolen bases in 182 at-bats before the injury. With both Margot and Kevin Kiermaier sidelined, Josh Lowe and Vidal Brujan should be in the Rays lineup mostly every day moving forward.

    Jun 24 · Source via Rays Manuel Margot
  • Rays Acquire David McKay From Yankees For Cash Considerations

    The Rays have acquired right-handed pitcher David McKay from the Yankees in exchange for cash considerations, per the Yankees. McKay will be added to the Rays’ 40-man roster and sent to Triple-A, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). Manuel Margot is going on the 60-day injured list, opening a slot for…

    Jun 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Rays David McKay
  • Wander Franco Strikes Out Twice In Rehab Game

    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco (quadriceps) started at shortstop for Triple-A Durham on Wednesday and went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. Franco is scheduled to play a few more minor league rehab games this week for Durham, so he didn't play the full game on Wednesday. If the 21-year-old can avoid setbacks this week, there's a chance that he could return from the injured list this weekend to face the Pittsburgh Pirates. Before is injury, Franco was hitting .270/.305/.421 with four home runs, 19 RBI, 27 runs scored and four stolen bases in 45 games as the team's everyday shortstop. He's a must-start fantasy asset once he returns to the majors. Taylor Walls has been filling in at the 6 regularly with Franco sidelined.

    Jun 23 · Source via Rays Wander Franco
  • Chris Mazza Elects Free Agency

    Reliever Chris Mazza has cleared waivers and elected minor league free agency, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The righty had been designated for assignment by the Rays earlier in the week. Mazza signed a minor league deal over the offseason and cracked the Opening Day roster. He was called upon by skipper Kevin…

    Jun 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Rays Chris Mazza
  • Colin Poche Earns Shaky Save Tuesday

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Colin Poche picked up his fifth save of the season in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Yankees. Poche came in to pitch the ninth inning with a three-run lead. He walked the first batter, got the next two hitters out on a strikeout and ground out, gave up a two-run home run, and got the final out on a fly-out. The Rays have always had an unclear approach to closing games, and that is even more true with Andrew Kittredge (elbow) on the 60-day injured list. Poche may have to contend with Jason Adam (who pitched the eighth inning) and Brooks Raley (who pitched in the seventh inning) for save opportunities, but he has pitched well overall, compiling a 2.01 ERA with only one blown save in 22 1/3 innings pitched. Poche is worth a look in all deeper roto leagues at this time.

    Jun 22 · Source via Rays Colin Poche closers
  • Jonathan Aranda Called Up By Rays

    With Tampa Bay Rays outfielders Manuel Margot (knee) and Kevin Kiermaier (hip) going on the injured list on Tuesday, the Rays have recalled infielder Jonathan Aranda and outfielder Luke Raley from Triple-A Durham. Aranda, the team's No. 21 prospect per MLB Pipeline, has played second, third and first base this year in the minors and was hitting .310/.386/.512 with an .898 OPS, 11 home runs, 40 RBI, 45 runs scored and three stolen bases in 63 games before his first big-league call-up. With Vidal Brujan likely to see more time in the outfield with Margot and Kiermaier out, Aranda should see most of his playing time at the keystone in Tampa. The 24-year-old is worth a look in AL-only and deep mixed leagues in the short term. Raley, who was hitting .299/.374/.575 with seven home runs, 25 RBI and 14 runs scored in 24 games for Durham, will give the Rays some extra outfield depth.

    Jun 21 · Source via Rays Jonathan Aranda prospects
  • Wander Franco Could Return This Weekend

    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco (quadriceps) could return to the majors on either Saturday or Sunday, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Franco began a rehab assignment with the Rookie-level Florida Complex League Rays this past weekend and he's having his assignment transferred to Triple-A on Wednesday. He will play in three games at Triple-A from Wednesday to Friday, then the team will reassess. Franco has been out since late May with a right quadriceps strain, but it looks like fantasy managers will have his services back soon.

    Jun 21 · Source via Rays Wander Franco
  • Josh Lowe Goes Hitless In Rays' Return Monday

    Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Josh Lowe was called up from Triple-A Durham to start Monday's 4-2 loss to the Yankees, going 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Pitcher Luke Bard was sent down in a corresponding move. Lowe had spent some time with the Rays at the beginning of the season but put together a poor .188/.257/.344 slash line with a 38% strikeout rate in 71 plate appearances. He had done much better at Triple-A with a .299/.382/.540 slash line, although he also had strikeout issues with a 31.2% strikeout rate. Lowe does possess intriguing power and speed potential, but he is currently only worth a bench spot in deep leagues at this time.

    Jun 21 · Source via Rays Josh Lowe
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