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Tampa Bay Rays recall LHP Adam Kolarek, designate OF Jeremy Hazelbaker for assignment

The Rays added another arm to the bullpen for their series with New York

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled left-handed pitcher, Adam Kolarek, from Triple-A Durham, and have optioned right-handed pitcher, Ryan Weber, to the minor leagues. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the Rays have also designated outfielder, Jeremy Hazelbaker, for assignment.

Kolarek made his major league debut during the 2017 with the Rays, after having spending 7 years in the minor league, most of which were spent within the New York Mets organization. The Rays picked him up in 2016 and Kolarek discovered a knack for getting groundballs and became a specialist against left-handed batters. While with the Rays in the majors last year, Kolarek pitched in 12 games and surrendered six runs on nine hits over 8 13 innings pitched.

He has spent all of the 2018 season with the Durham Bulls, with whom has he been dominant. He has a strikeout percentage over 30%, while he holds a 1.70 ERA and a 2.12 FIP over 29 games and 42 13 innings pitched.

Hazelbaker was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in April to serve as outfield depth for the Rays. Hazelbaker has major league experience with the Diamondbacks and the St Louis Cardinals, and had played in 59 games for the Bulls in 2018, hitting .189/.279/.368 over 226 plate appearances.