Whitley will start Sunday's season finale against the Rangers. The right-hander has fared well since his early-September promotion (two earned runs, 11 strikeouts in 10.1 innings) and will be rewarded with his first start of the season. Whitley threw a season-high 62 pitches in his most recent outing Tuesday and may be capped around 80-85 pitches or so Sunday.
Whitley earned his third hold of the season by firing 2.2 innings of two-hit, scoreless ball in Thursday's 2-0 victory over the Yankees. He struck out three. After a largely successful rehab stint in the minors as part of his comeback from May 2015 Tommy John surgery, Whitley has turned in three very solid performances with the big league club. He's allowed only one unearned run on three hits and a pair of walks over 6.2 innings, while also recording six strikeouts over that span. Whitley's outing Thursday was his second against his former Yankees teammates, and he's now been credited with a hold in each of his three appearances.
Manager Kevin Cash indicated that Whitley will pitch in relief Sunday, likely tossing multiple innings, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Whitley's outing will be his first since May of 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. A former starter for the Yankees, he will pitch out of the bullpen given the depth in the Rays' rotation.
Whitley (elbow) is expected to be used in a multi-inning capacity, with his first appearance potentially coming on Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 27-year-old is on the cusp of the final step of his comeback from May 2015 Tommy John surgery after firing 27.2 innings in the minors during his rehab. Whitley's first outing could well come Sunday versus the Yankees, the club with which his injury occurred, in a game that Matt Andriese is scheduled to start.
Whitley (elbow) was activated from the DL and optioned to Double-A Montgomery on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 28-year-old righty got progressively better in each of his six rehab appearances and finished 1-0 with a stellar 0.86 ERA and 24 whiffs in 21 innings. The decision to make Montgomery Whitley's next stop as opposed to the big league club was based on the Rays wanting to keep building up his stamina and workload, which he wasn't going to be able to accomplish at the major league level. "We just didn't have the innings right now," (Rays manager Kevin) Cash said. "Could not have been more impressed how he threw the ball in his rehab. You just don't see many guys come back from surgery and go out and have the type of results he had. We've got to get his innings built up going into next year. He's part of the big picture and part of our plans moving forward, without a doubt."