Fleming (8-5) allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in five innings, earning the win over Boston on Friday. It was by no means a pretty performance for the 25-year-old, but Tampa Bay's offense gave him plenty of support in the win. Friday was the first time Fleming completed five innings since June 19, when he went 6.1 innings against Seattle. The southpaw has a reasonable 4.15 ERA to go with a 1.19 WHIP and 51:22 K:BB across 82.1 innings, but he'll have little appeal outside of AL-only formats if he doesn't work deeper into games. His next start is expected to come versus Seattle next week.
Fleming didn't factor into the decision Friday against Cleveland after allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while fanning one across four innings. Fleming has not completed five innings in any of his last four starts and hasn't tossed a quality start since May 1, so it seems he simply can't be trusted to pitch deep into games. The southpaw has also allowed at least three runs in three of his last five outings while posting an 11:7 K:BB in that span.
Fleming (calf) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list ahead of the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against Cleveland, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Although Collin McHugh will serve as the opener in Wednesday's nightcap, Fleming will likely serve as the primary pitcher after he spent just over the minimum amount of time on the injured list with a right calf strain. The lefty has made 13 appearances (six starts) for the Rays this year, and he's posted a 3.39 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 66.1 innings. Left-hander Ryan Sherriff was sent down in a corresponding move.
Fleming's recovery from a right calf strain has gone well, and manager Kevin Cash expects him to be activated off the injured list and available Tuesday against Cleveland, the Associated Press reports. The left-hander will end up spending just the minimum 10 days on the IL if Cash's prognosis proves accurate. Michael Wacha is currently listed as the Rays' probable starter for Tuesday's game, but it's possible Cash eventually confirms the veteran and Fleming will operate in tandem for that game.
Fleming was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right calf strain Saturday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Fleming served as the primary pitcher in Friday's game against the Angels, and he allowed an unearned run on two hits and a walk while striking out two in 3.2 innings. However, he apparently sustained a calf injury during the no-decision and will miss at least 10 days as a result. However, the southpaw is hopeful that he won't be forced to miss much time, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Louis Head was recalled from Triple-A Durham in a corresponding move.
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