The Rays optioned Banda to Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Tampa Bay sent all of Banda, Trevor Richards and Brendan McKay to their minor-league camp, seemingly leaving Jalen Beeks in good shape to make the Opening Day roster as a long reliever. Banda should occupy a spot in the Triple-A rotation to begin the campagin.
Banda isn't one of the relievers projected to nab an Opening Day roster spot according to a list compiled by Juan Toribio of MLB.com.
Toribio breaks down the job battles that were still ongoing when spring training was suspended, and Banda's name is not among the relievers he considers locks for an Opening Day roster spot. As per Toribio, the Rays are likely to leverage the new expanded 26-man roster to carry an additional pitcher, but he projects Peter Fairbanks, Jalen Beeks or Trevor Richards as the likeliest candidates for that opening. Banda did put together a strong spring, however, as he posted a 3.38 ERA across eight innings over six Grapefruit League relief appearances. The 26-year-old southpaw is likely to open the 2020 campaign in what will be his third tour of duty with Triple-A Durham, but after having logged six big-league appearances over the last two seasons, he likely has a strong chance of being one of the first pitchers promoted in the regular season if he carries over his momentum from spring training.
Banda, who fired two perfect innings during which he recorded two strikeouts in a loss to the Angels on Sunday, was singled out postgame by manager Kevin Cash for his performance, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Cash emphasized he was "really, really encouraged" by the 26-year-old's impressive 27-pitch effort, which included strikeouts of Luis Rengifo and Kole Calhoun. The quality of the outing was particularly noteworthy due to a combination of Banda's potential and the long road he's taken to recover from May 2018 Tommy John surgery. That included a rocky and lengthy rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham where Banda produced an elevated 5.57 ERA and 1.43 WHIP across 21 innings. The southpaw has only been utilized twice since being promoted Sept. 2, and Sunday's performance was an upgrade over a debut in which he'd allowed an earned run on three hits over an inning to the Blue Jays exactly one week prior.
Banda is likely to be part of a bullpen day approach deployed by manager Kevin Cash for the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 26-year-old southpaw was just recalled from Triple-A Durham on Monday, and it appears he won't have to wait long before toeing the rubber for the Rays. The move of Wednesday's game to the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday due to Hurricane Dorian-related concerns put Cash in somewhat of a bind as far as his pitching staff is concerned, and Banda represents a fresh arm after last having pitched for the Bulls last Wednesday. The appearance would be Banda's first in the big leagues since May 26, 2018, an outing that coincidentally came against the Orioles as well and was his last before undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Banda was recalled by the Rays on Monday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Banda will give the Rays added bullpen depth for the stretch run. He's spent the entirety of the season in the minors, posting a poor 6.04 ERA in 28.1 innings for Triple-A Durham when not dealing with an elbow injury.
Banda (elbow) was activated off the 60-day injured list Friday and optioned to Triple-A Durham, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Banda has been on a rehab assignment since late June as he returns from Tommy John surgery, and he'll remain with Durham now that he's healthy. The 26-year-old has a 5.57 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 18:8 K:BB over 21 innings at Triple-A and will likely return to the majors when rosters expand in September, although Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports that's still being evaluated. "I think there's a chance of it," Cash said of Banda soon making his first big league appearance since May 2018. "With all of these guys, it's really a mixed bag. One outing, it's encouraging. One outing, it's not coming out his best. But we really don't value that -- the results -- too much. We know that it's a long road back."
Banda (elbow) has given up five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out eight across 8.2 innings over his three rehab appearances at Triple-A Durham.
Banda previously made four appearances with the Rays' lower-level affiliates before moving up to Triple-A about two weeks ago. While he hasn't turned in top-notch results, Banda reportedly feels good physically and is gradually raising his pitch count as he works back from Tommy John surgery. The Rays will likely activate him from the 60-day injured list and keep him at Triple-A once his rehab window comes to a close, but Banda should be an option to aid a banged-up big-league pitching staff as either a starter or bulk reliever later this season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times posits that Banda is likely ahead of fellow Triple-A pitcher Jose De Leon -- who beat Banda back from the IL earlier this season -- for a potential callup.
Banda (elbow), who most recently allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks over 1.1 innings while recording three strikeouts in an appearance for the Gulf Coast League Rays on Tuesday, owns a 3.60 ERA, 2.00 WHIP and .318 BAA over five innings across his first four rehab starts.
The southpaw is in the final stages of his recovery from his May 2018 Tommy John surgery, and he's being brought along slowly. Banda hasn't pitched more than 1.2 innings in any of his first four turns with the GCL squad, with the 25-year-old working up to a modest 21 pitches in Tuesday's outing. Given the deliberate pace of his rehab thus far, Banda is still likely looking at an August return at the earliest.
Banda (elbow) allowed an earned run on three hits and a walk over an inning-plus for the GCL Rays on Friday. He also recorded a strikeout.
Banda fired eight of his 13 pitches for strikes in what was his second rehab appearance. The left-hander was removed after facing one batter in the second inning and actually threw 12 fewer pitches than he had in his first rehab outing with High-A Charlotte on Sunday. Banda is slated to continue pitching at different levels of the minors for the duration of his recovery from May 2018 Tommy John surgery.
Banda (elbow) fired 1.2 perfect innings in High-A Charlotte's win over Lakeland on Sunday. He did not record any walks or strikeouts.
Sunday marked Banda's first return to game action since Tommy John surgery in May 2018. The 25-year-old southpaw threw a total of 25 pitches, with 18 of those finding the strike zone. It was certainly an encouraging start to Banda's rehab assignment, and he'll now look to progressively build up his innings and pitch count in upcoming appearances.
Banda (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Sunday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Banda continues to work his way back from last May's Tommy John surgery. With his rehab assignment now beginning, he'll have up to a month to get into game shape before he'll have to be activated from the injured list.
Banda (elbow) threw live batting practice against Michael Perez (oblique) in Port Charlotte on Saturday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Banda continues to encouragingly throw live BP every few days, as this latest session was at least his fourth over the last week-plus. The left-hander appears to be nearing a rehab assignment given his steady and uninterrupted progress recently.
Banda (elbow) threw 25 pitches in his third live batting practice Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Banda emphasized that he remains very pleased with his recovery from his June 2018 Tommy John surgery, and that he "absolutely" plans on getting into major-league game action at some point this season. Factoring in Tuesday's work, Banda has thrown all three of his batting practice sessions within the span of the last seven days.
Banda (elbow) threw a live batting-practice session Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
This is another step in the lefty's return from Tommy John surgery. He should be sent out to a minor-league affiliate sometime in the coming weeks.
Banda (elbow) completed a bullpen session Tuesday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Banda remains on the road to recovery after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2018. He'll likely need to toss a few more bullpens without any setbacks before the Rays allow him to face live hitters. Banda figures to be at least a couple of months away from a return.
Banda was moved to the 60-day injured list Saturday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Still working his way back from Tommy John surgery last May, Banda was moved to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster for recently acquired Aaron Slegers. The 25-year-old is still months away from returning to game action and remains in the middle of a lengthy rehabilitation process.
Banda (elbow) threw off a full mound Friday, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
It was the latest positive step in Banda's recovery from last May's Tommy John surgery, and Friday's activity had been preceded by multiple bullpen sessions earlier in the month. The southpaw is still multiple months away from action, and he'll presumably progress to facing live hitters as his eventual next step.
The Rays placed Banda (elbow) on the 10-day injured list Thursday, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
Banda is still rehabbing from the Tommy John surgery he required last May and isn't expected to return to competitive action until the second half of the season, if at all. With several months still to go in the recovery process, Banda will likely be moved to the 60-day IL when the Rays need to add another player to the 40-man roster.
Banda (elbow) threw another bullpen session Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Banda underwent Tommy John surgery last May, so he's still working up to live batting practice sessions like fellow rehabbing hurlers Brett Honeywell and Jose De Leon have. However, Banda continues to make steady progress and has not suffered any setbacks, leaving him on track for a potential return to game action at some point in the mid-to-late summer.
Banda (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports.
The southpaw naturally has an arduous road ahead of him in terms of rehabilitation and recovery, with the likelihood of him missing the entirety of the 2019 season quite high. Banda was the centerpiece of the return the Rays received in exchange for trading Steven Souza (pectoral) to the Diamondbacks, but he apparently won't have a chance to pay true dividends for quite some time.
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