Drake (elbow) cleared waivers, refused an outright assignment to the alternate training site and became a free agent Wednesday, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports. The right-hander was designated for assignment over the weekend and won't remain with the Rays after losing his spot on the 40-man roster. Drake converted two of four save opportunities and had a 5.73 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 7:6 K:BB over 11 innings during 2020, and he sustained a right flexor strain against the Yankees in the ALDS before being DFA'd.
The Rays designated Drake (elbow) for assignment Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. After suffering a right flexor strain in the Rays' ALDS victory over the Yankees, Drake was slated to miss the remainder of the postseason. Though Tampa Bay undoubtedly would have liked to keep Drake in the fold heading into 2021, he'll now have to pass through waivers after the team dropped him from its 40-man roster. The transaction cleared a spot in the bullpen for Jose Alvarado (shoulder), who was reinstated from the 45-day injured list in a corresponding move ahead of Game 1 of the Rays' ALCS matchup with the Astros.
Drake was removed from the Rays' ALDS roster with a flexor strain, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Players who are removed from the postseason roster are forced to miss the next series as well, so Drake won't be able to return for the ALCS should the Rays manage to get past the Yankees in the Division Series. He will be eligible to return for the World Series should the team make it that far, though it's not yet clear whether or not that will be possible. Trevor Richards replaces him on the ALDS roster.
Drake (biceps) was activated from the injured list Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Drake has been sidelined since early August due to biceps tendinitis. He recorded two saves in five appearances before suffering the injury and could add to that total down the stretch, though the Rays have no interest in a true closer's role, with 10 different players saving at least one game thus far.
Drake (biceps) threw a simulated inning Saturday and could return for the Rays' upcoming series against the Nationals, which begins Tuesday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports. Drake has been out for just over a month with biceps tendinitis. Reports from earlier in the week suggested he could return over the weekend, but he's evidently a few days behind that schedule. He'll likely throw some high-leverage innings upon his return and could add to his two saves, though he won't be a true closer.
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