The Tampa Bay Rays have announced that they have promoted Justin Marks from Triple-A Durham. They also optioned Chih-Wei Hu back to Durham for the second time in three days. Hu was allowed back on the roster for last night’s game after Erasmo Ramirez was placed on the paternity list.
Justin Marks made four appearances with the Rays last September and put on a solid performance, allowing a lone run over nine innings pitched. Marks only other major league experience came during his MLB debut back in 2014 for the Royals where he pitched two innings.
So far this year in Durham, Marks has pitched in nine games, including one in which he actually was the starting pitcher. He has allowed eight runs in just under 16 innings pitched.
Chih-Wei Hu seen extremely limited usage during his brief stay in the majors. He only pitched in two games (4/24 and 5/4) during his stay in the big leagues.
Marks time on the roster may be short lived as he is now the second left-handed pitcher on the staff, joining Jose Alvarado. However, the Rays may decide to keep Marks and just option Alvarado once Erasmo Ramirez is ready to return (MLB allows a player to have three days for paternity leave).