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Tampa Bay Rays activate Sergio Romo, release Rickie Weeks, and option Andrew Kittredge

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The Rays have replaced a veteran position player with a veteran bullpen arm

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Prior to tonight’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, the Tampa Bay Rays have announced that they have activated Sergio Romo, whom they acquired following Saturday night’s game.

In order to clear room for him on the active and 40-man roster, the Rays have optioned Andrew Kittredge to Triple-A Durham while they have released Rickie Weeks Jr.

The Rays tried to sign Romo during the off season, but he chose to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers, despite being offered a lesser amount. During his half season tenure with the Dodgers, Romo produced a disastrous line as struggles with command and the home run ball plagued him, ultimately leading to him being designated for assignment.

On the bright side of things, opponents only hit .240 off him this year and he is still striking out opposing hitters at a solid clip of 28.7%, he’ll just need to harness control in order to be effective for the Rays.

Rickie Weeks Jr is one of the big disappointments for the Rays thus far in 2017 as he was supposed to help support the team against left-handed pitching, however, he struggled to put the ball in play, striking out over 40% of the time and eventually landed on the disabled list in early June. Rickie Weeks’ final line with the Rays will be .216/.321/.340 with 2 HR over 37 games.