Kolarek agreed to a minor-league deal with Tampa Bay on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Kolarek appeared in 12 big-league games for the Rays this past season, allowing six earned runs off nine hits and four walks while striking out four in 8.1 innings of relief work. The 28-year-old spent most of the season in Triple-A Durham, where he posted a 1.65 ERA and 46:16 K:BB in 41 games, and will likely begin the 2018 season back with the Bulls.
Kolarek has been designated for assignment, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The left-hander was expected to be added to the big-league roster after a strong Triple-A campaign, but the Rays have instead decided to remove him from the 40-man roster. Assuming he clears waivers, Kolarek could remain with the organization for now, but this move suggests he might need to move to a different team to get another shot at the big leagues.
Kolarek is expected to be called up from Triple-A Durham on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Kolarek had a rocky introduction to the big leagues earlier this season, generating a 5.87 ERA over 11 appearances with the Rays. The 28-year-old has been outstanding with the Bulls, however, as evidenced by a 1.65 ERA and 46:16 K:BB over 43.1 innings. He'll give manager Kevin Cash another left-handed option out of the bullpen during the Rays' playoff push.
Kolarek was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Rays acquired Steve Cishek in a trade with the Mariners on Friday, and Kolarek appears to be the bullpen casualty as a result of the acquisition. The lefty reliever hasn't seen too much action as part of the Tampa Bay relief corps this year and hasn't exactly impressed in his limited opportunities, racking up a 5.87 ERA in 11appearances. He'll head back to Triple-A for now, where he owns a 1.36 ERA over 33 innings.
Kolarek was credited with his second hold in Thursday's 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Yankees, getting one out on six pitches.
Kolarek gave way to Sergio Romo after retiring Brett Gardner to open up the seventh, and he's now notched holds in back-to-back appearances after not recording any over his first eight outings. The 28-year-old southpaw has scoreless efforts in three of his last four trips to the mound, a stretch during which he's also recorded his first major-league win.
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