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Tampa Bay Rays select RHP Austin Pruitt as their 26th man for the double-header

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Colin Poche may be promoted following the first game

Tampa Bay Rays v Kansas City Royals - Game Two Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Rays have selected right-handed pitcher Austin Pruitt as their ‘26th player’ for their double-header later today against the Boston Red Sox. The first game is slated for 1 p.m, and the second game taking place at 7 p.m.

On Friday, Yonny Chirinos pitched a gem of a game to allow the Rays bullpen some extra rest as he tossed eight shutout innings. The only other pitcher the Rays used was Emilio Pagan, who allowed a run as he closed out the game.

Pruitt is just one of the fresh arms to join the Rays pen; prior to yesterday’s game the Rays recalled right handed pitcher Casey Sadler and optioned right handed pitcher Hunter Wood to Triple-A Durham.

This will be Pruitt’s 5th stint with the Rays since the start of the year; he has pitched in just four games going a total of 7 13 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits, while he’s walked two and struck out four.

Juan Toribio reports that the Rays may make a move in-between the games, with Colin Poche being the player they’d bring up. It’d be Poche’s first big league promotion, the southpaw has struggled some in 2019, but has been altogether exceptional since joining the Rays organization last May.

He had an ERA under 1 while within the Rays system in 2018 and since May 3rd last year, he has a 41.4 K%.