Hunter notched his sixth hold in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Cubs, firing a scoreless eighth inning in which he allowed a hit and recorded two strikeouts. Hunter continues to largely breeze through his appearances, with Tuesday's outing marking his fifth consecutive scoreless effort and ninth in his last 11 trips to the mound. The 31-year-old right-hander also has multiple strikeouts in four of his last seven appearances and sports a sterling 27:7 K:BB over 24 innings in 2017.
Hunter was credited with his fifth hold in Sunday's 8-5 loss to the Orioles, firing 1.2 scoreless innings and recording two strikeouts. The veteran reliever was a bright spot in otherwise rough afternoon for the Rays' bullpen, ringing up his fourth hold in his last eight appearances. Hunter has provided scoreless efforts in six of those outings overall, and he continues to serve as one of the steadiest options in a relief corps that has been erratic on occasion this season.
Hunter recorded his second hold of the season in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the White Sox, striking out both batters that he faced in the seventh inning. The veteran reliever closed out the seventh for rookie Jacob Faria in impressive fashion, needing just seven pitches to mow down Matt Davidson and Tim Anderson on swinging strikeouts. Hunter has been solid since returning from the disabled list on May 25, surrendering just two earned runs over eight innings across seven appearances while compiling a 10:3 K:BB.
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.
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