Fairbanks struck out one batter over a perfect ninth inning and picked up a save over the Orioles on Friday.
Fairbanks quickly rolled through the middle of Baltimore's order on just 10 pitches and lowered his season ERA to 1.20. He's made nine straight scoreless appearances and hasn't given up a run since May 19, when he notched his only other save of the season.
Fairbanks fired a scoreless ninth inning in a win over the Rangers on Sunday, allowing two hits and recording two strikeouts.
Fairbanks has now generated scoreless efforts in his last eight appearances, a span of 7.1 innings during which he's also posted an 11:4 K:BB and secured three holds. The hard-throwing right-hander is once again missing plenty of bats with his high-90s fastball, as he sports an 11.6 K/9, 90.0 percent LOB rate and 14.6 percent swinging-strike rate across 14 frames.
Fairbanks notched the save Wednesday against the Orioles after giving up one run on two hits and a walk across one inning.
Fairbanks entered the game in the bottom of the ninth with the Rays holding a three-run cushion, and while he put runners on the corners with two outs, he retired Maikel Franco on a groundout to end the game. This was Fairbanks' first save of the campaign, and he's yet to give up more than one run in any of the seven appearances he's made so far.
Fairbanks (1-0) allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning to earn the win Friday versus the Mets.
Fairbanks entered with the game tied at 2-2 in the top of the ninth inning, and he did his job well. Brett Phillips then hit a walkoff single for Tampa Bay in the bottom of the ninth. Fairbanks has a 1.59 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 7:3 K:BB across 5.2 innings this season. He's recorded four holds in six outings. The right-hander is expected to see high-leverage work in the late innings.
Fairbanks has two scoreless, one-inning appearances during which he's posted a 4:1 K:BB since returning from a stint on the 10-day injured list due to a shoulder issue.
The most recent of the two outings came Sunday, when Fairbanks earned his fourth hold in a win over the Athletics. The right-hander should continue seeing steady work in the later innings now that he's apparently back to full health, and given his high-90s fastball, some save opportunities could certainly be in play as well.
Fairbanks (shoulder) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Fairbanks had been sidelined since April 9 due to a right rotator cuff strain, but he threw a 12-to-14-pitch simulated inning Monday. Fairbanks could be the favorite for save chances in the near future since Diego Castillo (groin) was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Fairbanks (shoulder) threw a 12-to-14-pitch simulated inning Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Rays manager Kevin Cash noted that Fairbanks looked strong during Monday's simulated action, and that the reliever is close to coming off the 10-day injured list. He's been sidelined since Apr. 9 due to a right rotator cuff strain.
Rays manager Kevin Cash said he expects Fairbanks (shoulder) to pitch in a simulated game Monday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Fairbanks' strained right shoulder apparently held up well while he threw in a live batting practice session Saturday, so he'll take the next step forward in the recovery process by pitching in a simulated game. If all goes well Monday, Fairbanks could be reinstated from the injured list by the middle of the week.
Fairbanks (shoulder) threw at Tropicana Field on Wednesday and is slated to face live hitters this weekend with an eye on being activated from the injured list thereafter, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Fairbanks apparently looked very good per Topkin, and if all goes well with the planned live session over the weekend, the right-hander will likely accompany the Rays on their West Coast road trip that begins Monday and then be activated at some point during the week. Fairbanks logged three appearances this season before suffering his shoulder strain, posting a 3.38 ERA and 1.88 WHIP across 2.2 innings.
Fairbanks (shoulder) is slated to pitch in a minor-league game Thursday in Port Charlotte, Fla., Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
Fairbanks is one of three rehabbing Rays relievers expected to throw Thursday, with Collin McHugh (back) and Cody Reed (thumb) also included on the pitching schedule. The Rays will likely want to see Fairbanks pitch in at least one or two more rehab games at the alternate site or at a minor-league affiliate before potentially bringing him back from the 10-day injured list next week.
Fairbanks (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.
The right-handed reliever has been on the injured list with a rotator cuff strain since April 9, and Wednesday will represent another step in the right direction for Fairbanks. If all goes well with the bullpen session, it's possible Fairbanks could face live hitters as his next step.
Fairbanks (shoulder) is close to returning, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
Fairbanks has been out for two weeks with a strained right rotator cuff. He was initially expected to be completely shut down for two or three weeks, but he's evidently ahead of that schedule. The Rays still haven't provided a clear timeline for his return, however.
Fairbanks was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a right rotator cuff strain, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander surrendered a run over 1.1 innings during his last appearance Tuesday at Boston, and he'll now be sidelined for the near future. According to Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network, Fairbanks will be shut down from throwing for 2-to-3 weeks, so he'll likely be unavailable until at least early May. Diego Castillo is 2-for-3 in save chances this season and should continue to operate as the primary closer with Fairbanks and Nick Anderson (elbow) sidelined.
Fairbanks was credited with his second hold in a win over the Marlins on Friday, firing a scoreless one-third of an inning during which he allowed no hits and issued one walk.
Fairbanks' quick five-pitch appearance Friday was preceded by a one-inning stint Opening Day. The 27-year-old logged 47.2 frames over the past two seasons, and his high-90s fastball should play well in the later innings again in 2021.
Fairbanks, who was credited with a hold in a Grapefruit League win over the Twins on Saturday, now has three scoreless outings in his last four spring appearances.
Fairbanks, who's expected to get a fair share of high-leverage opportunities this coming season, got a late start to Grapefruit League action due to a bout with food poisoning, but he's made up for lost time since his March 11 debut. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed an earned run apiece in two outings, including that first appearance, and Saturday represented his first clean effort of spring.
Fairbanks allowed an earned run on a solo home run and did not record any walks or strikeouts over one inning in his first Grapefruit League action of the spring Thursday.
The right-handed reliever had seen his spring debut delayed by a recent bout of food poisoning. The long ball Fairbanks allowed was aided by wind, but he was otherwise effective. The 27-year-old failed to convert either of the two save chances he saw in 2020, but he proved his mettle as a strong later-inning option with a 2.70 ERA, seven holds and a 32.4 percent strikeout rate.
Rays manager Kevin Cash said that Fairbanks (illness) is scheduled to make his return to Grapefruit League action Thursday versus the Braves, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Fairbanks was scratched ahead of his scheduled appearance Sunday due to a bout of food poisoning, but Cash indicated that the reliever has since recovered from the ailment and is feeling good again. Though he wasn't among the 12 Rays who recorded saves during the 2020 regular season, Fairbanks picked up three saves during the team's subsequent playoff run. The hard-throwing righty should continue to warrant consideration for end-game duties in 2021, though Cash isn't expected to commit to a primary closer.
Fairbanks is dealing with food poisoning and will not pitch Sunday as previously scheduled, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Fairbanks hasn't pitched yet this spring and will now have to wait at least two more days to do so, as the Rays have an off day Monday. With Opening Day still more than three weeks away, he should have plenty of time to get up to speed even with a minor delay.
Fairbanks closed out the ninth, allowing one run and one hit while striking out two in his effort to record the save in Tuesday's win over the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Fairbanks threw 14 of his 25 pitches for strikes to close out the game and record his second save of the postseason. With two outs and runners at the corners, Fairbanks was able to force Aaron Judge to ground out to third base to end the game.
Fairbanks recorded one scoreless inning and allowed one hit while striking out two in his effort to record the save against the Blue Jays on Tuesday in Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Round.
Fairbanks threw 10 of his 18 pitches for strikes to close out the game. The 26-year-old had not recorded a save in the regular season while posting a 2.70 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 26.2 innings of work.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/12||vs BAL||W 5-4||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|06/11||vs BAL||W 4-2||1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|06/06||@ TEX||W 7-1||1.0||2||0||0||2|
|06/05||@ TEX||W 3-0||1.0||1||0||0||2|
|06/01||@ NYY||L 3-5||1.0||0||0||2||0|
|05/31||@ NYY||W 3-1||0.1||0||0||1||1|
|05/30||vs PHI||W 6-2||1.0||0||0||0||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2017||AFA-Down East Wood Ducks||18.2||9||1||0||2||1||0||10||13||22||5.93||1.923|
|2019||AFA-Down East Wood Ducks||12.1||11||0||0||1||0||2||15||4||10||2.98||1.157|