The Rays optioned Honeywell to Triple-A Durham on Sunday. Honeywell was sent to the minors to make room on the 26-man active roster for Michael Wacha (hamstring), who is scheduled to return from the 10-day injured list to start Sunday's series finale versus the Blue Jays. Tampa Bay didn't use Honeywell out of the bullpen during his latest stint in the big leagues, which lasted just two games.
Honeywell was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Friday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Honeywell finally got to make his big-league debut this season after battling injuries for the last three years. In his first three MLB appearances, which lasted a total of 4.1 innings including two stints as an opener, he gave up four runs, struck out four and walked three. Louis Head was optioned in a corresponding move.
Honeywell was optioned to the Rays' alternate site after pitching in Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Honeywell allowed three runs on three hits and a walk across one inning in the game. Though he was ineffective, the Rays were able to come back to win the game, sparing him the loss. Honeywell was optioned to make a spot on the roster for Luis Patino, who is expected to pitch in Sunday's series finale.
Honeywell will serve as the opener in Saturday's game against Toronto, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Honeywell will serve as an opener for the second time in his first three major-league appearances, working ahead of left-hander Ryan Yarbrough. Honeywell has allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out two in 3.1 innings.
Honeywell, who made his second appearance of the season Tuesday against the Royals after being recalled from the alternate training site, could stick with the big-league club while logging modest workloads out of the bullpen or as an opener for now, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Honeywell threw 27 pitches over 1.1 innings in Tuesday's outing after making a two-inning debut as an opener against the Yankees back on April 11. Berry notes Honeywell, who's undergone four elbow surgeries since 2017, has pitched about once every five days between the alternate site and the majors thus far, but manager Kevin Cash notes that frequency could shorten and the volume could rise the more acclimated to relief work Honeywell's arm becomes. "If he's bouncing back and he feels good, I think down the road there's a chance to put a bigger workload on him," Cash said.
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