The Rays optioned Richards to their taxi squad Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He'll be replaced on the active roster by Josh Fleming, as the Rays evidently wanted another southpaw available out of the bullpen to counter the Astros' left-handed hitters in the ALCS, which begins Sunday. Richards didn't make an appearance during the Rays' recent five-game ALDS matchup with the Yankees.
Richards will be on the Rays' roster for the remainder of the NL Division Series against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Richards replaces Oliver Drake, who landed on the injured list with a flexor strain. He'll presumably fill a lower-leverage role given that he wasn't originally on the roster and struggled to a 5.91 ERA in 32 innings during the regular season.
The Rays optioned Richards to their alternate training site Friday. Tampa Bay needed to reduce its active roster to 28 men ahead of the weekend, so Richards was sent packing after he served as the 29th man during Thursday's doubleheader with the Orioles. He started the second game of the twin bill, taking a no-decision while working 3.1 innings and giving up four runs on five hits and two walks.
Richards took a no-decision during Thursday's win over the Orioles, allowing four runs on five hits and a pair of walks while striking out four across 3.1 innings. Richards, who was recalled from the team's alternate training site ahead of Thursday's start, struggled in the second half of Thursday's twin bill. After giving up a pair of home runs and an RBI double, the 27-year-old was lifted after 3.1 innings. The short performance was typical for Richards, who has failed to complete five innings in any of his nine appearances. Overall this season, the right-hander holds a 5.91 ERA and 1.72 WHIP across 32 innings.
Richards is starting Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Richards was recalled from the team's alternate training site earlier in the day, and as expected, the right-hander will toe the rubber for Game 2. He's appeared in eight games this season and owns a 5.34 ERA and 1.67 WHIP with 23 punchouts over 28.2 innings.
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