Following their walk-off victory over the Boston Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays optioned Richie Shaffer to Triple-A Durham and have promoted Tyler Sturdevant in his place.
The Rays promoted Shaffer after the freak accident between Kevin Kiermaier and Nick Franklin, in which Kiermaier hit Franklin in the head while he was taking his warm up swings. The blow resulted in Franklin being placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Kevin Cash has shown a reluctance to use Shaffer while hes been on the active roster as he has played in just five games this season during his two stints with the team, registering only eight plate appearances.
Tyler Sturdevant made his major league debut earlier this season with the Rays at the ripe age of 30 years old, making him the 4th oldest pitcher in club history to make his debut with the Rays, behind Jason Childers, Winston Abreu, and Jim Morris.
In 15 games, Sturdevant allowed eight runs on 18 hits over close to 18 innings pitched. One rough outing was the cause of the high run and hit totals when the Orioles got to him for three runs on June 25th. His last appearance in the majors was on July 6th against the Angels where recorded a scoreless inning allowing a lone walk.