Hunter (calf) fired a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Angels, issuing a walk. The veteran right-hander picked up right where he left off before hitting the disabled list, posting his fourth consecutive scoreless outing. Hunter lowered his ERA to 0.96 with the effort, as he's allowed just a single earned run in 9.1 innings across 11 appearances.
Hunter (calf) was activated from the 10-day DL on Thursday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Hunter had an excellent month of April for the Rays, posting a 1.08 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over 10 appearances. Calf tightness nearly cost the right-hander the entire month of May, but he'll be back to serve in middle relief. With a rehab appearance under his belt already, albeit a shaky one, Hunter may be ready for a relatively high-leverage situation out of the gates.
Hunter (calf) could return to the Rays without making a second rehab appearance, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Hunter served up a pair of runs on three hits in his rehab appearance with High-A Charlotte on Tuesday, but it seems like the Rays liked what they saw in terms of his health. It's unclear when they plan to activate him, but it seems like his activation could come as soon as this weekend.
Hunter (calf) will make a rehab appearance with High-A Charlotte on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. This will be his first rehab appearance, and he will likely make a handful of appearances before rejoining the big-league club. He most recently looked sharp in a batting practice session Saturday.
Hunter (calf) looked sharp throwing batting practice Saturday but remains without a timetable for return, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "Now we have to be patient and see when he can get to running, covering off the mound, backing up bases," manager Kevin Cash said. The veteran reliever is progressing through each rehab step without setbacks, but as Cash indicates, the Rays will continue to take a diligent approach to his return. Hunter isn't expected back before early June in a best-case scenario, but that timetable could naturally extend out further if necessary.