Fairbanks was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 25-year-old allowed one earned run off two hits in one inning Friday but will ultimately return to Triple-A for the time being. Trevor Richards was activated off the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Fairbanks was promoted from Triple-A Durham prior to Friday's game against the Tigers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Rays dealt prospect Nick Solak to the Rangers for Fairbanks in mid-July. The hard-throwing righty has struck out 19 in 10.1 innings with the Bulls, and while he may not get any saves over the rest of the season, he has the potential to pitch in some high-leverage situations.
Fairbanks was traded from the Rangers to the Rays on Saturday in exchange for Nick Solak.
Fairbanks reached the majors for the first time this season, struggling to a 9.35 ERA in 8.2 innings of work. He struck out an impressive 36.6 percent of opposing hitters but also walked 17.1 percent, and four of the seven fly balls he's allowed have left the park. The 25-year-old is a live arm who could help the Rays' bullpen at some point if he gets the walks under control, but he'll head to Triple-A Durham for now.
Fairbanks was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday.
Fairbanks spent almost a month with the Rangers, striking out 15 batters in 8.2 innings but also allowing 10 runs (nine earned). Phillips Valdez was recalled to take his spot in the bullpen.
Fairbanks tossed two scoreless innings while striking out three in Sunday's 9-8 loss to the Athletics.
Starter Drew Smyly didn't make it past the third inning, which required a deep bullpen game. Fairbanks, who had his contract purchased Saturday and made his MLB debut, struck out the side in the fifth and retired the side in order in the sixth. The 25-year-old right-hander, who has been through two Tommy John elbow surgeries, does not figure to be an integral part of the bullpen.
Fairbanks' contract was selected from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.
Fairbanks hadn't pitched above High-A prior to this season, but he's made a rapid rise to the majors this year. In 23 innings across the three highest levels of the minors in 2019, he owns a 2.35 ERA, a 40.5 percent strikeout rate and a 5.6 percent walk rate. His track record is short, but it's hard to argue with the 25-year-old's numbers. Joe Palumbo was optioned to clear a spot on the 25-man roster, with Nick Gardewine designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
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