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), who'd been activated from the injured list Tuesday, allowed two earned runs on a hit and a walk over one inning in an extra-inning loss to the Nationals on Wednesday. He struck out one.
Finally recovered from a biceps issue that had sidelined him since Aug. 9, Drake jumped back into action a day after activation but displayed some rust. The sixth-inning two-run home run Drake surrendered to Asdrubal Cabrera was a particularly ill-timed one, as it erased the Ray's 1-0 lead at the time. It also extended Drake's streak of allowing at least one run to four straight appearances, a stretch that dates back to July 29,
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.
Drake (biceps) threw a bullpen session at Tropicana Field on Thursday and is still expected to be activated from the injured list this coming weekend, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The right-handed reliever continues to ramp up without setbacks. Toribio notes because Drake threw Thursday, his activation would come Saturday at the earliest.
Drake (biceps) is set to be reevaluated Thursday and could be ready to return by this coming weekend, the Associated Press reports.
Drake was deemed to be about a week away from a return Friday, so this latest report keeps that timeline a possibility. The right-hander has most recently been building up his arm with bullpen sessions after initially being placed on the injured list Aug. 9.
Drake (biceps) is about a week away from his return, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Drake has been sidelined since early August while dealing with biceps tendinitis, but he still has about a week to go before he's ready to return. If all goes well, he could return for the Rays' series against the Red Sox at Tropicana Field.
Drake (biceps) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Drake has been out since early August with biceps tendinitis. His exact return date remains unclear, but he'll throw another bullpen session Thursday and could be activated soon after that.
Drake (biceps) could be ready for activation Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Drake was shut down back on Aug. 9 with biceps tendinitis, so his recovery has been a somewhat extended one. However, the veteran right-hander has been progressively building his arm back up through catch sessions, and manager Kevin Cash remarked Monday that it's "possible" Drake is ready for activation by the end of the week.
Drake (biceps) played catch Monday and was pleased with how he felt physically after the session, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
Though Drake has been working back slowly since being shut down with right biceps tendinitis just over two weeks ago, the Rays have been encouraged by the progress he's made in his recovery thus far. He could be ready to throw off a mound within the next few days before potentially facing hitters in live batting practice or a simulated game later this week.
Drake (biceps) was able to play catch Saturday and continues to build back his strength, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander was shut down with biceps tendinitis on Aug. 9, but he now appears to be making steady progression. Manager Kevin Cash noted Saturday that Drake could be ready for activation soon as long as the reliever keeps "checking those boxes" in his recovery. Another update on Drake's progress is likely to come early in the week.
The Rays expect Drake (biceps) to begin playing catch within a few days, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Drake has been barred from throwing since he was placed on the injured list Aug. 9 with right biceps tendinitis, but he finally looks poised to take the first meaningful step forward in his recovery process. Once he begins the throwing program, Drake will probably need around a week to ramp before the Rays are comfortable activating him from the IL. Drake captured the Rays' first two saves of the season, but once reinstated, he's far from a safe bet to re-emerge as one of manager Kevin Cash's preferred options in the team's ever-changing closer committee.
The Rays placed Drake on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right biceps tendinitis, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Drake likely picked up the injury during his appearance Saturday in the first game of the Rays' doubleheader with the Yankees. The Rays' co-leader in saves with two on the season, Drake's absence makes the team's closing picture slightly less cluttered, but manager Kevin Cash is still expected to mix and match in the ninth inning. Nick Anderson and Diego Castillo look like the top bets to garner save chances while Drake is sidelined.
Drake (0-2) took the loss in the Rays' extra-innings defeat at the hands of the Orioles on Saturday, allowing an unearned run on no hits and one walk while recording a strikeout over 1.2 innings.
Drake was charged with the loss after Chaz Roe allowed a Pat Valaika game-winning single in the 11th inning that plated inherited runner Bryan Holaday. The right-hander sports an 0-2 mark despite having allowed just one earned run over 4.1 innings across his first four appearances, and he remains a trusted option for manager Kevin Cash. Drake has already recorded two saves on the campaign.
Drake recorded one strikeout in a perfect ninth inning to record the save during Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Braves.
The veteran righty was afforded a three-run cushion and made quick work of Atlanta, retiring the side in order on 11 pitches (10 strikes). Drake wasn't expected to begin the season in the mix for saves in Tampa Bay, yet he's recorded the team's first two saves to open 2020 over the likes of Nick Anderson, Diego Castillo and Jose Alvarado. It remains to be seen whether manager Kevin Cash continues to utilize Drake as a traditional closer, but through five games he's converted both chances.
Drake earned the save Saturday against Toronto, pitching a perfect ninth inning and striking out one batter.
After the Rays put up three runs in the bottom of the eighth, Drake was called upon to nail down the save. He did so with ease, throwing nine of 14 pitches for strikes and retiring the side in order. Most observers assumed Nick Anderson would get the first save opportunity for Tampa Bay this season, but he was instead used to get the final out of the seventh and all three outs in the eighth to pick up the win. The Rays' bullpen situation is far from settled and manager Kevin Cash has directly stated that he doesn't want to name a single closer, so it's safe to expect both Anderson and Drake -- and possibly others -- to be in the mix for saves this season.
Drake was one of several Rays pitchers to throw live batting practice at Monday's summer camp workout, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 33-year-old reliever is thought to have job security after putting together a highly effective 2019 debut campaign with the Rays. Drake provided 11 holds and furnished a stellar 70:19 K:BB across 56 innings over 50 appearances last season, and he should be in for another robust workload during the upcoming truncated campaign.
Drake is considered to have a very strong chance of sticking on the Opening Day roster, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
The veteran right-hander earned his job security this spring by producing four scoreless, one-hit innings across four Grapefruit League appearances while generating a 7:1 K:BB. That follows a stellar 2019 Rays debut campaign during which Drake posted a 3.21 ERA and 0.98 WHIP over 50 appearances while also logging 11 holds and two saves. With rosters potentially being expanded to 29 players when the season begins, there doesn't currently appear to be a chance Drake is anywhere but the big-league bullpen to open the campaign.
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