Thompson will start Thursday's Game 4 against the Yankees, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The 28-year-old will serve as the opener Thursday with Tampa Bay attempting to close out the series. Thompson has delivered 3.1 scoreless frames this postseason -- including two innings Monday versus the Yankees -- and had a 4.44 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 23:8 K:BB over 26.1 innings during the regular season.
Thompson retired the final two batters in Saturday's 3-1 win over Baltimore to secure the save Saturday.
Thompson was called upon to close out the contest with Tampa Bay holding a two-run lead in the ninth inning. The right-hander needed only five pitches to seal the victory and earn the first save of his big-league career. Thompson doesn't figure to be given many more save opportunities over the final week of the season, though Tampa Bay's unconventional ninth-inning approach leaves open the possibility that he could find himself in a similar situation at some point. Nonetheless, his 4.81 ERA and 1.48 WHIP suggest that there are better options to pursue if eyeing a target in the Tampa Bay bullpen.
Thompson (1-2) took the loss against the Yankees on Tuesday, allowing three earned runs on three hits over 1.1 innings. He struck out one.
Thompson threw only 16 of 27 pitches for strikes and allowed a bases-clearing double to Gio Urshela in which both the third baseman and Todd Frazier were able to cross the plate on errors. The 28-year-old's stumble snapped a four-appearance scoreless streak for Thompson, who saw his ERA bump up from 3.18 to 4.42 on Tuesday.
Thompson (1-1) allowed two runs on two hits and no walks while striking out zero over one inning as he was charged with the loss Friday against the Blue Jays.
Thompson could serve as an opener for the Rays during the team's weekend series in Buffalo, but he got off on the wrong foot in the first game. The right-hander's ERA rose to 2.45 with a 5:4 K:BB over 11 innings across eight appearances to begin the season.
Manager Kevin Cash mentioned Thompson as a candidate to serve as an opener during one of the two weekend games against the Blue Jays in Buffalo, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The 28-year-old's most recent trip to the mound came Tuesday against the Red Sox, an outing during which he also secured his first big-league win. Thompson has already logged a trio of two-inning appearances in the early going of the season, so his arm should certainly be up to the task of logging the 1-to-2 frames manager Kevin Cash has typically asked his openers to cover in the past.
Thompson (1-0) was credited with the win in a victory over the Yankees on Sunday, firing a perfect ninth inning.
Thompson capped his whirlwind of a weekend off with his first big-league victory, flummoxing the Yankees for the second time in 24 hours. The 28-year-old had started the second game of Saturday's doubleheader and delivered a pair of scoreless frames in that contest, and after being optioned and then recalled from the alternate training site in Port Charlotte in a matter of hours, he came through in a much higher-leverage scenario Sunday by retiring the dangerous trio of DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks in order and on just eight pitches. Thompson may well shuttle back and forth between the majors and the Rays' alternate site on additional occasions this season, but for the time being, he may remain up while Oliver Drake (biceps) is sidelined.
The Rays recalled Thompson from their alternate training site Sunday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
He'll assume the active roster spot of reliever Oliver Drake, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with right biceps tendinitis. Thompson has previously made five appearances for Tampa Bay this season, covering eight innings and giving up three runs (one earned) on nine hits and three walks while striking out five.
Thompson was optioned to the Rays alternate site after starting Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He allowed one hit and zero walks over two scoreless innings while recording one strikeout. He didn't qualify for the decision.
The 28-year-old was recalled to serve as the 29th man for the twin bill, so he'll return to the alternate site despite the strong performance. Thompson has a 1.13 ERA and 1.50 WHIP through seven innings this season.
Thompson will start the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Thompson was called up Saturday to serve as the 29th man for the Rays, and he'll begin the game on the mound as both teams plan to rely heavily on their bullpen during Game 2 of the twin bill. The right-hander has made four appearances in the majors this year, allowing one run on eight hits and three walks while striking out four over six innings.
Thompson will be called up by the Rays on Saturday to serve as the 29th man in the team's doubleheader against the Yankees, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
While Tyler Glasnow will start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, manager Kevin Cash said that the team plans to have a bullpen game during Game 2. Although Thompson was just optioned to the Rays' alternate training site Wednesday, he'll rejoin the major-league club to help serve as an extra arm for the twin bill. Following Saturday's games, the right-hander should return to the alternate training site.
Thompson was optioned to the Rays' alternate training site after Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
The 28-year-old earned a spot on the Opening Day roster, but he'll head to the alternate site with rosters shrinking from 30 to 28 players Thursday. Thompson made four appearances and allowed one run on eight hits with four strikeouts and three walks over six innings.
Thompson will be on Tampa Bay's Opening Day roster, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Thompson earned himself a spot in the big-league bullpen thanks to an impressive showing during both spring and summer camp. The right-hander spent most of 2019 at Double-A, posting a 3.10 ERA and 20:6 K:BB across 20.1 innings.
Thompson's sidearm delivery has proven problematic for hitters during both spring training and summer camp, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The 28-year-old has only made one start above the Double-A level in his career, but Thompson was impressive during Grapefruit League play with eight scoreless innings, a 0.75 WHIP and .138 BAA across seven appearances. Torbio reports the right-hander has carried the momentum into summer training, and Thompson pitched another scoreless frame in Thursday's intrasquad game. Thompson may have an outside shot at the Opening Day roster depending on how many arms manager Kevin Cash opts to keep, but the Rays skipper did make it a point to state Thompson is "going to help us at some point this season, for sure" following Thursday's performance.
|Last 7 Games|
|10/08||@ NYY||L 1-5||0||1||0||1.2||2||2||3||3|
|10/05||vs NYY||L 3-9||0||0||0||2.0||3||0||0||0|
|09/30||vs TOR||W 8-2||0||0||0||1.1||0||0||0||2|
|09/25||vs PHI||W 6-4||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|09/21||@ NYM||W 2-1||0||0||0||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|09/19||@ BAL||W 3-1||0||0||1||0.2||0||0||0||0|
|09/17||vs BAL||W 10-6||0||0||0||0.2||3||2||0||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2015||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||54.1||38||0||0||4||2||5||55||15||43||2.66||1.072|
|2016||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||40.0||23||0||0||3||1||3||23||10||32||1.80||1.050|
|2017||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||59.0||31||0||0||2||3||6||55||11||59||2.59||1.186|
|2019||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||3.0||2||0||0||0||0||1||5||0||2||0.00||0.667|