Banda was acquired by the Giants on Monday, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
Banda was designated for assignment by the Rays on Sunday, but he'll find a new home just one day later. The lefty hasn't been particularly effective out of the major-league bullpen this season as he carries a 10.29 ERA and 4:5 K:BB over seven innings.
Banda was designated for assignment by the Rays on Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Banda imploded in his relief appearance Sunday as he allowed five runs on five hits and three walks while striking out one over one inning. The Rays were still able to pick up the win behind a strong offensive showing, but Banda will lose his spot on the 40-man roster. The southpaw recorded a 10.29 ERA and 4:5 K:BB over seven innings this season.
Banda (1-0) picked up the win Saturday in a 2-1 extra-inning victory over the Blue Jays, walking one batter in a scoreless 10th inning.
The southpaw was the seventh pitcher of the night for the Rays, and while Banda made things interesting by walking Cavan Biggio to lead off the 10th, he eventually cleaned up the mess by coaxing an inning-ending double play out of Travis Shaw. Banda has appeared in two games since being added to the roster and has collected a win and a three-inning save, but he doesn't seem a likely candidate for consistent high-leverage usage.
Banda was credited with the save in a win over the Red Sox on Thursday, allowing three earned runs on four hits, a walk and a hit batsman over three innings. He struck out two.
The southpaw came on in a low-leverage scenario after the Rays already had a 16-5 lead through six innings, but because he logged three full innings, he still was credited with his first big-league save. Banda wasn't exactly sharp -- he threw only 35 of 58 pitches for strikes and plunked Kevin Pillar -- but his ability to throw multiple innings came in handy on a night when the potential was there for the Rays to dig deep into the bullpen. Banda was promoted from the taxi squad earlier in the day Thursday, and he could remain on the active roster until at least one of Yonny Chirinos (triceps) or Charlie Morton (shoulder) comes off the injured list.
The Rays recalled Banda from their taxi squad Thursday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Banda will tentatively slot into the bullpen as a replacement for Aaron Slegers, who was optioned to the taxi squad in a corresponding move. However, with both Yonny Chirinos (triceps) and Charlie Morton (shoulder) on the injured list, the Rays will have two vacancies in the rotation Friday and Saturday against the Blue Jays, so Banda could be a candidate to fill either opening if he isn't needed in Thursday's series finale with the Red Sox. Banda missed most of the 2019 campaign while completing his rehab from Tommy John surgery, but he made three appearances for the Rays in September, giving up three earned runs over four innings.
Banda, who is on the taxi squad for the Rays' 10-game road trip that begins Monday at Fenway Park, has a chance to be activated at some point during that span in the wake of the Rays being down two starters, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Manager Kevin Cash is now missing both Yonny Chirinos (triceps) and Charlie Morton (shoulder) from his rotation following the latter's placement on the 10-day injured list Monday, so Toribio speculates several arms capable of pitching multiple innings may be asked to step up. Banda qualifies as such, considering he started eight games at the minor-league level last season alone and has logged five major-league starts with the Diamondbacks and Rays as well. The left-hander wouldn't necessarily be called on to operate as a conventional starter, but a scenario where he piggybacks off another pitcher such as Jalen Beeks and Trevor Richards is conceivable.
Banda is traveling with the Rays on their current road trip to Atlanta and Baltimore as part of the two-man taxi squad, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The left-hander has been working out at the alternate training site in Port Charlotte, and he's thought to have a chance of being summoned to the active roster at some point this season. For the moment, he'll serve as emergency depth as the Rays take on the Braves and Orioles over the next five days.
Banda was optioned to the Rays' alternate training site in Port Charlotte on Thursday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The young left-hander was competing for an Opening Day roster spot and was believed to have a chance due to his ability to pitch multiple innings. However, manager Kevin Cash opted for Jalen Beeks over Banda for the time being. Nevertheless, given the ongoing health uncertainties accompanying the 2020 campaign, it wouldn't be surprising to see Banda get one of the first promotions whenever a bullpen arm is needed.
Banda, who recorded two strikeouts over two scoreless innings in Friday's simulated game, is a candidate to potentially see some spot starts if the current absences of multiple Rays pitchers extend into the regular season, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The trio of Tyler Glasnow, Yonny Chirinos and Brendan McKay are all currently missing from summer camp workouts for undisclosed reasons, leaving open the possibility at least some of them may have produced a positive COVID-19 test. Any such scenario would make the potential return date of the affected player difficult to pin down, and Toribio reports Banda could be one of the options manager Kevin Cash turns to if there are spot starts for the taking early in the season. Banda is now more than a year removed from Tommy John surgery, and he's reportedly looked better with respect to velocity and his breaking pitches as compared to his September big-league stint last season. Additionally, Banda has now added a cutter to his arsenal, and manager Kevin Cash has praised the young left-hander for pitching "fearlessly."
Banda was one of four pitchers to throw live batting practice during Monday's summer camp workout, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Banda was able to throw regularly while spring training was suspended, so his arm is presumably in good condition overall in the early stages of the official ramp-up to the regular season. Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports Banda was able to strike out Hunter Renfroe and Brandon Lowe in Tuesday's session after walking the first batter he faced, Mike Zunino. The left-hander was slated to begin the campaign in Triple-A Durham at one point, but the expanded rosters in place for the first four weeks of the regular season and Banda's ability to work multiple innings up his chances of being on the team come Opening Day.
Banda has been able to throw bullpen sessions regularly where he lives while spring training has remained shut down, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The news comes via pitching coach Kyle Snyder, who supervised multiple bullpen sessions off a mound at Tropicana Field on Friday. Banda was not one of those participating, but the fact he's apparently had access to a mound where he has been quarantining means he's likely kept his arm in working shape during the extended layoff. The 26-year-old southpaw had been optioned to Triple-A Durham back on March 26, but with a potential 2020 season expected to include expanded rosters, Banda may still have a chance to see some big-league action this year.
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.
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