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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Brad Miller to Disabled List; Ryan Weber promoted

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Devil Rays daze.

Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images

We are nine days into April and the Rays have yet to win a game this month, and the team’s record is 1-8.

Adding injury to insult, Brad Miller strained his groin leaving the box in his third plate appearance yesterday. He described the injury as day-to-day, but the severity and injury history likely warranted a closer look with an MRI, per the player’s comments after the game.

As a result, Brad Miller heads to the Disabled List. Heading into the season Miller had the highest offensive projection by Steamer (by a wide margin), and in the first nine games had been impressive when wearing the first baseman’s mitt.

The Rays bullpen has been taxed more than expected, so in a corresponding move, the Rays have added St. Pete native Ryan Weber to the major league roster. He’d signed a minor league deal in Spring Training, and was being stretched out as a starter despite a career relief role.

Here’s what MLBTR had to say about Weber:

Weber, a Tampa Bay native who signed a minor league pact with the Rays in the offseason, has thrown 68 1/3 innings (22 appearances, eight starts) since debuting with the Braves in 2015. The 27-year-old has registered a 5.00 ERA/4.47 FIP with 5.53 K/9, 1.45 BB/9 and a 55.7 percent groundball rate between Atlanta and Seattle. Weber has been far better at preventing runs at the Triple-A level (2.16 ERA, 5.1 K/9, 1.5 BB/9 in 167 innings), and he’ll hope for that type of success with the Rays, whose bullpen took a beating Sunday.

About yesterday

One thing in yesterday’s loss is still on my mind. After Ryan Yarbrough delivered a strong four inning bullpen performance, the Rays turned to the high octane of Jose Alvarado in the seventh inning, and I wonder how long Kevin Cash had hoped to keep Alvarado in the game. Should the young lefty have pitched efficiently, he might have been able to bridge the gap to Alex Colome and avoid the need for Andriese in the eighth (who could have backed up Archer in Chicago).

Alvarado needed only 15 pitches in the seventh, but the Rays brought in Andriese for the eighth expecting a comfortable five run lead to be protected. It was not, the Rays had to use their closer, and bad got worse.

Rays News

  • Kevin Kiermaier’s mystery illness appears to be more than just the flu, and the player declined to name or describe in detail what he’s been dealing with over the last week.
  • It’s snowing in Chicago, despite a start time pushed up to 2:00

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