The Tampa Bay Rays have made a small flurry of roster moves prior to today’s series finale against the Miami Marlins as they have placed LHP Vidal Nuno on the 10-day disabled list, due to a pulled hamstring suffered during the 16th inning of last night’s — this early morning’s — extra inning game with the Marlins.
Austin Pruitt also pitched during the 16 inning affair and with the Rays in need of fresh arms, he was the odd man out as he has been optioned to Triple-A Durham.
In their place, the Rays have recalled pitchers Ryan Weber and Andrew Kittredge from Triple-A. Wilmer Font has been moved to the 60-day disabled list to clear the spot for Weber’s addition.
Nuno has quietly been excellent for the Rays. Including his two hit performance last night, Nuno has allowed 4 earned runs on 14 hits over 24 innings pitched — nine games — for Tampa Bay. Frustratingly, he was injured running out a base hit rather than on the mound.
Weber appeared for one game earlier this year with the Rays that produced disastrous results as he only recorded one out and surrendered three runs. Kittredge meanwhile, spent the beginning of the season with Tampa Bay, but was optioned after suffering his own misery on the mound against Baltimore where he allowed six runs without recording a single out.
Kittredge and Weber will be counted out to assist a beleaguered Rays bullpen that has faced back to back extra inning games.