• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Rays pitcher Xavier Cedeno has successful trip back to mound

    Rays pitcher Xavier Cedeno made his return to the team Sunday against the Orioles, where he faced a single batter, Chris Davis, and forced a ground out to first base. Even though it's only one batter, this still says something about Cedeno's current role in the bullpen. The Rays called upon him in the ninth inning to face one of the most dangerous home run threats in baseball. He isn't likely to see more of these after Jake McGee comes back, but he does seem to be the top left-hander out of the bullpen for now.

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    Rays' Xavier Cedeno is available to pitch Saturday

    Rays pitcher Xavier Cedeno (side) is expected to be available for Saturday's game against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Rays have held Cedeno out for the last week-plus with side tightness, but the time off was all he needed to get over the issue. The lefty has been stellar for the Rays since coming over from the Nationals via trade. He's supplied a 1.86 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 39 strikeouts over 38 2/3 innings.

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    Rays RP Xavier Cedeno takes next step in recovery

    Rays reliever Xavier Cedeno (left side) is set to throw to batters Thursday, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. It's a little late for Cedeno to rehab on a minor league team, so throwing to batters represents more of a step forward than usual in this process. Cedeno and Jake McGee (knee) are basically in a race to get healthy and become the Rays' top left-handed option, but McGee will be the more used pitcher in that role.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Rays RP Xavier Cedeno gets two-out save on Tuesday

    Rays left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno recorded his first save in over three years, as he was called upon to get the final two outs in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Braves. Cedeno's last save came in June of 2012 as a member of the Astros.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Rays pitcher Xavier Cedeno loses scoreless innings streak Saturday

    Rays pitcher Xavier Cedeno finally gave up a run in Tampa Bay's 5-0 loss to the Athletics on Saturday. Cedeno entered the game riding a 12-inning scoreless streak, but came on in the sixth with runners on first and third. He gave up a shot back up the middle to Eric Sogard to break the streak. "I didn't get [the pitch] all the way out there," Cedeno said to MLB.com. "I fell behind, and then I had to go right after him, and he took care of me." Cedeno now has a 2.31 ERA in 11 2/3 innings of work this season. "Everything felt good, I just didn't make the pitches," Cedeno said. "And the guys got pretty good wood on it and took advantage of it. ... It's just baseball. It happens sometimes."

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Rays DFA pitcher Everett Teaford, activate Xavier Cedeno

    The Rays have designated pitcher Everett Teaford for assignment to make room for newly acquired pitcher Xavier Cedeno, according to the Tampa Tribune. Teaford threw just 2 1/3 innings this season for Tampa Bay with a 3.86 ERA and two strikeouts. Cedeno was traded for the second time in a week Monday when Tampa Bay acquired him from the Dodgers. He has posted a 6.00 ERA in three innings of work with four strikeouts and two walks.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Dodgers trade LHP Xavier Cedeno to Rays for cash

    The Dodgers announced Monday they have traded left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno to the Rays in exchange for cash considerations. It's the second time in six days that Cedeno has been dealt, as he came over to the Dodgers from Washington on April 22. "He hasn't thrown in a while. I'm sure he's got to go through all the physicals and get checked out, but we're excited," Rays manager Kevin Cash said, per The Tampa Tribune. "[Pitching coach Jim Hickey] and I factoring in a lefty reliever will definitely be helpful." Cedeno did not appear in a game with the Dodgers and had been designated for assignment by the team. So far this season, he's pitched in five games for the Nationals, with an ERA of 6.00.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Nationals trade Xavier Cedeno traded to Dodgers for cash

    The Nationals have traded pitcher Xavier Cedeno to the Dodgers for cash considerations, the team announced. Cedeno appeared in five games for Washington, posting a 6.00 ERA with four strikeouts in three innings of work. He'll join the team's 25-man roster and will likely be available starting Friday, MLB.com reports. "He spins the ball real well and he's got a good feel for pitching," president of baseball operationas Andrew Friedman said. "We feel like there's potentially some tweaks here or there that could potentially untap more. But he's got the necessary ingredients to potentially be good. So we'll see what we have with him after our guys get a chance to work with him." The Dodgers cleared a roster spot for Cedeno Wednesday when they designated pitcher Daniel Corcino for assignment. Corcino appeared in just one game four Double-A Tulsa, last 2/3 of an inning with one strikeout and three walks.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Nationals call up Rafael Martin, designate Xavier Cedeno for assignment

    The Nationals have called up pitcher Rafael Martin and designated pitcher Xavier Cedeno for assignment, the team announced Tuesday. Cedeno made five appearances for Washington this season, posting a 6.00 ERA with four strikeouts in three innings of work.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Xavier Cedeno costs Gio Gonzalez, Nationals a win

    Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez left the mound in line for the win, but a rough night by reliever Xavier Cedeno ended up giving Gonzalez the defeat. Gonzalez gave up five hits and four walks in six and a third innings. He left with the bases loaded, still leading the Phillies 1-0. "I was trying to be too perfect. I walked people, hit a guy. Just when you think you are on a fast pace, they slow you down and that's what happened," Gonzalez said per MLB.com. "I was nitpicking the corners. They kept fouling off pitches. They worked the count pretty well. I did a good job, but at the end of the day, they battled and they did a great job." Cedeno gave up a single and a hit batter to the only two Phillies' batters he faced, allowing two runs to score. Craig Stammen allowed a single and a sacrifice fly, leaving Gonzalez with three runs allowed. Gonzalez next starts on Wednesday, at Boston against Wade Miley.