The Rays have sent veteran reliever Ernesto Frieri to Triple-A Durham after he cleared waivers, per MLBDailyDish.com. Frieri, who was designated for assignment Monday, has been struggling since last year. He has a 4.63 ERA this season.
The Rays designated Ernesto Frieri for assignment after Monday's game, reports The Tampa Tribune. With Frieri no longer on the roster, the team will call up Mikie Maktook on Tuesday.
Rays pitcher Ernesto Frieri earned a save of in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Yankees in 13 innings. Frieri entered the game in the bottom of the 13th inning, right after the Rays scored their third run of the game. Frieri gave up one hit and came out unscathed. He now holds an ERA of 4.66 for the season. This was Frieri's second save of the 2015 season.
Ernesto Frieri (BS, 1) gave up Alex Rodriguez's second home run of the game in the sixth inning Friday to get stuck with a blown save in the Rays' loss to the Yankees.He gave up two runs overall in one inning in the defeat.
Rays manager Kevin Cash reiterated that he won't name a closer for now, and will take a closer-by committee approach to start the season, per the Tampa Tribune on Wednesday. "We're not going to name a closer," Cash said. "There's going to be guys that we'll lean on to pitch in those (high) leverage situations. It just doesn't make sense to me to come out and name a closer when the game can be on the line in the seventh and eighth inning." Brad Boxberger, who saved two games last season, was deemed as the favorite by Cash earlier this spring to see the ball in the ninth while Jake McGee is sidelined with an elbow injury. Grant Balfour and Ernesto Frieri have combined for 152 out of 164 career saves on Tampa Bay's active roster. Cash indicated that he will revisit his closer approach once McGee returns from injury. "We'll revisit it," Cash said, "but it's too early to tell."