He logged two scoreless innings in Saturday's game right after getting the call, but it was apparently a short-term move. Faria would be a good candidate to work as a primary pitcher after an opener if the Rays ever have a need, but their rotation is pretty healthy at the moment.
Faria had a 5.40 ERA in 65 innings for the Rays last season and has a 6.35 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Durham this year. He's been mostly a starter in the past but appears to be up as a long reliever this time, as Casey Sadler was sent down in a corresponding move.
Faria was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Sunday, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
Faria was reportedly making a push for the Rays' final bullpen spot but ultimately fell victim to roster cuts. The 25-year-old allowed four runs across 8.2 innings this spring but had a 1.15 WHIP and eight strikeouts. Faria has started 26 games over the last two seasons in Tampa Bay and should once again see the majors in 2019.
Faria, who is likely competing with Jalen Beeks for the final bullpen spot, allowed two earned runs on five hits across two innings in a 5-5 Grapefruit League tie with the Twins on Friday. He struck out one.
Despite the so-so final line, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports that Faria's two runs came on back-to-back infield singles, and that the right-hander came away pleased with his location after getting 34 of his 50 pitches into the strike zone. Faria came into spring after shedding approximately 15 pounds this season, and he's been solid this spring while generating eight strikeouts and a respectable 1.15 WHIP across 8.2 innings over four appearances (one start).
Faria allowed an earned run on a hit and a walk over three innings in a 10-4 Grapefruit League win over the Pirates on Sunday. He also recorded a strikeout and now has a 2.70 ERA and 0.75 WHIP through three spring appearances.
The 25-year-old raised plenty of hopes with a 2017 rookie campaign in which he generated a solid 3.43 ERA and 1.18 WHIP to go along with 84 strikeouts over 86.2 innings. He then endured a rocky sophomore campaign last season, with the ERA and WHIP ballooning to 5.40 and 1.43, respectively. Faria is offering reason for optimism again this spring, however, as he looks to carve out an Opening Day spot on a staff where his experience as both starter and reliever would be especially valued. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that manager Faria is making an impression on his most important observer, manager Kevin Cash. "Stuff looked good. Breaking ball off the fastball looked good," Cash said. "He's had a nice spring so far. That's really, really encouraging. That's something that we focused on in the offseason and kind of the messaging to him, that last year is last year, and he's taken that and kind of run with that and really done some good things for us."
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