Stanek notched his third hold of the season in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Angels, striking out the side in a scoreless eighth inning and allowing one walk. Stanek's strikeout victims notably included Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, and he's now put together three straight scoreless appearances. The 25-year-old right-hander experienced some trouble with his control in his previous outing in the opening game of the series, but managed to issue just one walk in a 24-pitch inning. Stanek has proven to be a valuable and increasingly trusted asset in an injury-hampered bullpen, compiling a 2.25 ERA in four innings across six appearances.
Stanek fired a scoreless inning in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Yankees, recording two strikeouts. Stanek needed just 13 pitches to get through the eighth, impressively setting down the dangerous duo of Starlin Castro and Aaron Judge on swinging strikes before inducing a groundout from Jacoby Ellsbury. The outing was the 25-year-old right-hander's longest in his four appearances, and it represented a nice rebound from an outing against the Yankees on Friday that saw him give up an earned run on two hits while failing to record an out.
Stanek was credited with the first hold of his big-league career in Sunday's 11-2 win over the Red Sox, surrendering a hit in one-third of an inning. Just called up from Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Stanek got his first exposure to regular-season big-league action quickly and acquitted himself reasonably well. The 25-year-old right-hander was enjoying a strong season with the Bulls before being summoned to the Rays, and he could prove to be a valuable asset for a short-handed relief corps for the time being.
Stanek was recalled by the Rays on Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Stanek's promotion comes after the Rays sent starter Blake Snell down to Triple-A Durham. Stanek has had an excellent start to his season with Durham, notching a 2.00 ERA with 25 strikeouts and six walks in 18 innings. He'll work out of the bullpen when he joins the Rays.
Stanek was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Wednesday. Stanek features a big fastball that has played up since he moved to the bullpen. While he only managed a 5.92 ERA in 24.1 innings of relief at Triple-A last season, Stanek safely projects as a key part of the Rays' long-term bullpen plans.
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