Slegers will not be on the Rays' roster for the World Series, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Slegers has pitched five innings in the postseason, allowing one run. He recorded a 3.46 ERA in 26 innings during the regular season. Brett Phillips and Ryan Sherriff will join the roster, with Slegers and Jose Alvarado leaving.
Slegers allowed one run on four hits while striking out a batter across three innings as he earned the save against the Phillies on Saturday.
Slegers allowed three straight singles upon entering the game in the seventh. However, the 28-year-old yielded only one run as he converted his second save of the season while shutting the door on the Phillies' 2020 playoff aspirations. Slegers owns a 3.46 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and a 19:5 K:BB across 26 innings and should be a reliable arm out of the bullpen for the playoffs.
Slegers came on in relief of starter Ryan Yarbrough in a loss to the Nationals on Tuesday and allowed an earned run on three walks over 3.1 innings.
The right-hander was called on when Yarbrough was unable to get out of the third inning and responded admirably, preventing manager Kevin Cash from having to go too deep into his bullpen. Slegers has allowed at least one earned run in each of his three September appearances after entering the month with three consecutive scoreless efforts, but he still sports an impressive 0.87 WHIP and solid 14:5 K:BB across 17.1 innings and has allowed just one home run over that span.
Slegers, who last pitched against the Marlins on Sunday, is available to work multiple innings behind starter Charlie Morton (shoulder) against the Yankees on Wednesday if necessary, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Morton is expected to be activated from the injured list ahead of Wednesday's start, but considering he's coming off a bout with shoulder inflammation and facing a potent opponent, manager Kevin Cash has a contingency plan in the form of Slegers. The right-hander has already logged multiple innings in three of five appearances this season, with his longest stint being a four-inning spot start versus the Blue Jays on Aug. 22.
Slegers fired two perfect innings during which he recorded two strikeouts in a win over the Marlins on Sunday.
Slegers was perfect for the third straight appearance after a rough first outing of the season against the Yankees back on Aug. 12. The right-hander has subsequently posted seven scoreless frames in three trips to the mound, a stretch during which he's recorded an 8:0 K:BB.
Slegers didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 2-1 extra-inning win over the Blue Jays, tossing four scoreless innings without allowing a hit or a walk. He struck out five.
The right-hander was only supposed to function as an opener Saturday before turning things over to the Tampa bullpen, but instead Slegers was nearly perfect -- the only baserunner Toronto managed against him came on a Brandon Lowe error to begin the third inning. Slegers threw 39 of 58 pitches for strikes in his longest outing so far this season, and the performance could earn him another turn or two in the rotation. His ERA remains a bloated 5.63 due to a rough first appearance after being added to the Rays roster, but his 8:0 K:BB through eight innings might offer a better reflection of how he's pitched.
Slegers will serve as the Rays' opener Saturday against the Blue Jays, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
Slegers rejoined the 28-man roster Wednesday, and he'll open the game Friday prior to Josh Fleming's major-league debut. Following a rough season debut, Slegers tossed two scoreless innings, allowing no hits and no walks while striking out two over two appearances.
Slegers was recalled by the Rays on Wednesday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Slegers remained on the Rays' taxi squad after being optioned by the Rays on Sunday, but he'll return to the major-league pitching staff after Yonny Chirinos (elbow) returned to the 10-day injured list Wednesday. Slegers allowed five runs over two innings in his first appearance of 2020 but tossed one scoreless inning and earned a save in his second outing. Despite his lone save, the right-hander likely won't be used in many high-leverage situations.
Slegers was optioned to the Rays' alternate training site Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Just one day after being called up by the Rays, Slegers will be off the active roster again. He'll remain with the taxi squad, so he could be available in an emergency situation during the team's upcoming road trip. Slegers picked up a save in the Rays' eight-inning win during the second game of the day as he didn't allow any hits or walks while striking out one over one inning.
Slegers was recalled by the Rays on Saturday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Slegers had only just been sent down Thursday but will be recalled a mere two days later with Jose Alvarado (shoulder) hitting the injured list. Slegers has made just a single appearance for the Rays this season, allowing five runs on seven hits in just two innings Wednesday against Boston.
The Rays optioned Slegers to their taxi squad Thursday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
He'll be replaced on the 28-man active roster with Anthony Banda, who will provide the Rays with a potential spot-start option for the openings in the rotation the team will have Friday and Saturday against the Blue Jays. Slegers worked two innings of long relief in Wednesday's 9-5 win over the Red Sox, giving up five runs on seven hits while striking out one.
Slegers' contract was selected by the Rays on Wednesday, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
Slegers earns the call with Andrew Kittredge (elbow) landing on the 45-day injured list. Slegers has built up to a multi-inning role, though there's little reason to believe he'll be a particularly interesting fantasy option outside of rather deep leagues. In 32 career major-league innings, he owns a 5.63 ERA while striking out just 11.1 percent of opposing batters.
Slegers, who is on the Rays' taxi squad during the team's current 10-game road trip, was identified by manager Kevin Cash as a candidate to help fill in while Yonny Chirinos (triceps) and Charlie Morton (shoulder) are sidelined, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. "Really been encouraged by hearing reports of Slegers and what he's been able to do down there [Port Charlotte alternate training site]..." Cash said. " [Slegers is] built up, I believe, to throw four or five innings tomorrow, so he's [a] full go. We're really encouraged by the reports that we're hearing from his performances."
Cash certainly sounds bullish on the right-hander's prospects, so it appears there's a strong chance Slegers is given his next big-league opportunity in the coming days. The 27-year-old struggled to a 5.05 ERA at Triple-A Durham last season, and he allowed an earned run on three hits while earning a three-inning save in his only 2019 appearance with the Rays. Slegers would likely be used following an opener, which Cash hinted Monday is a strategy he's likely to deploy again in the near future after utilizing Ryan Yarbrough in that capacity Sunday against the Yankees.
Slegers will be a part of the Rays' 60-man player pool this season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
He was in camp with the Rays on a minor-league contract and now figures to offer organizational bullpen depth. Slegers is not a part of the group that will be training at Tropicana Field, so he is unlikely to play a major role this season.
Slegers signed a minor-league contract with the Rays on Monday as a non-roster invitee, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Slegers was designated for assignment by the Rays in early September, but he'll return to the team and get the chance to work with the major-league coaching staff in spring training. The 27-year-old recorded a 5.05 ERA with an 80:28 K:BB over 112.1 innings with Triple-A Durham in 2019.
Slegers cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Durham on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
A 27-year-old with a career 5.63 ERA and a 6.01 WHIP in 32 big-league innings was unsurprisingly not a prized asset on the waiver wire. Slegers will remain in the Rays' organization but is unlikely to receive a September callup.
Slegers was designated for assignment Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Cole Sulser, whose contract was selected in a corresponding move. Slegers has made just one appearance for the Rays this season and owns a 5.05 ERA for Triple-A Durham.
Slegers was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Slegers was recalled as bullpen depth Wednesday and pitched three effective innings to close Friday's contest against the Orioles. He'll give way to Austin Pruitt, who is set to work as the primary pitcher in Saturday's contest.
The Rays selected Slegers' contract from Triple-A Durham ahead of Wednesday's game against the Mariners, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Slegers will provide the Rays with some length out of the bullpen after making just over half of his appearances with Durham this season as a member of the rotation. Over 98.1 innings at Triple-A, Slegers has posted a 5.49 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 68:25 K:BB. Tampa Bay will more than likely limit his usage to lower-leverage spots.
Slegers cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Durham, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
He had a 6.15 ERA in seven starts at Triple-A prior to losing his spot on the 40-man roster. Slegers will serve as organizational depth going forward.
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|10/08||@ NYY||L 1-5||0||0||0||1.1||3||1||0||1|
|09/26||vs PHI||W 4-3||0||0||1||3.0||4||1||0||1|
|09/19||@ BAL||W 3-1||0||0||0||2.2||1||0||0||2|
|09/13||vs BOS||L 3-6||0||0||0||3.0||3||0||0||2|
|09/08||@ WAS||L 3-5||0||0||0||3.1||0||1||3||0|
|09/05||vs MIA||L 3-7||0||0||0||2.0||2||2||2||2|
|09/02||@ NYY||W 5-2||0||0||0||2.0||1||1||0||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2014||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||19.0||3||3||0||2||1||0||12||4||14||3.32||0.947|
|2014||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||113.1||20||20||1||7||7||0||90||20||118||4.54||1.220|
|2015||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||119.1||19||19||3||8||6||0||80||21||103||2.87||1.041|
|2017||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||148.1||24||24||1||15||4||0||119||29||154||3.40||1.236|
|2018||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||85.1||15||15||1||5||7||0||57||19||85||3.81||1.222|