McKay could be recalled from Triple-A Durham to start one of the Rays' three games against the White Sox next weekend, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. After being optioned to Durham following his final start before the All-Star break, McKay rejoined the big club as the 26th man and starter for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader with the Orioles. Despite blanking the Orioles over five innings in a no-decision, he was sent back to Triple-A afterwards, but the transaction was merely a means to afford the Rays some more roster flexibility in the short term. McKay will now be subject to the normal 10-day wait period in the minors before he's eligible to return to the majors, but the Rays could bring him back over the weekend if the team needs to place a player on the 10-day injured list at any point in the near future. Even if a corresponding IL move isn't made, McKay should be back with the big club when the 10 days are up and slot into the rotation next week. Manager Kevin Cash said he wasn't certain whether McKay would serve as a designated hitter or simply focus exclusively on pitching while he's in Durham.
McKay was optioned to Triple-A Durham following Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. McKay was recalled as the 26th man for the twin bill and delivered five scoreless innings during the matinee, but he nonetheless makes his way back to the minors. The 23-year-old has allowed three runs on 10 hits and has a 13:1 K:BB through his first 16 major-league innings, and he figures to rejoin the Rays sometime later this month.
McKay allowed three hits while striking out seven over five scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Orioles in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. The 23-year-old once again looked poised and in total control, throwing 61 of 86 pitches for strikes, with 20 swinging strikes. Per ESPN, McKay had a 122 Game Score, which makes this the 17th-best single-game performance in the AL this year by that metric. He has the potential to be a significant difference maker in fantasy baseball.
McKay was promoted from Triple-A Durham in advance of his start in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles. McKay was sent down to Triple-A over the All-Star break because the Rays were able to summon him as the 26th man for this doubleheader, meaning he didn't need to spend the full 10 days in the minors before being called back up. McKay has impressed all year and looks like he belongs in the majors, so it would not be surprising to see him stay up for the rest of the season.
McKay will return as the 26th man to start one game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The doubleheader means that McKay can return to Tampa Bay in less than 10 days. The rookie will have a good chance to remain in the rotation for the rest of the second half from that point forward.