The Rays made a quartet of roster strikes, together with the activation of right-hander Diego Castillo from the COVID-related harm listing. Catcher Deivy Grullon was designated for project in a corresponding transfer to open up a 40-man roster spot, whereas right-hander Chris Mazza has been positioned on the common 10-day IL because of shoulder irritation. Luis Patino has additionally been added to Tampa Bay’s taxi squad, and is predicted to hitch the lively roster tomorrow. (MLB.com’s Adam Berry was amongst these to report the information.)
Patino is predicted to make his Rays debut Sunday, pitching in some sort of piggyback capability together with scheduled starter Josh Fleming, who advised Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he isn’t but positive how the Rays will deploy the mix of Fleming’s comparatively soft-tossing arsenal together with Patino’s high-powered fastball.
Patino was the centerpiece of the four-player bundle despatched by the Padres to Tampa Bay final offseason in trade for Blake Snell. For a managed and reasonably priced former Cy Younger Award winner, San Diego needed to pay a hefty worth, and this imply parting methods with one of many sport’s high pitching prospects in Patino. The 21-year-old righty has had some points along with his command, although his fastball and slider are already thought of plus pitches and his changeup isn’t behind, in keeping with MLB Pipeline’s scouting report. Patino made his Main League debut final season, tossing 17 1/3 innings within the common season for the Padres (with a 5.19 ERA, 21 strikeouts, and a troubling 14 walks) after which 2 2/3 extra frames within the postseason.
Castillo returns after only a one-day stint on the COVID-IL. Castillo has already recorded 4 saves in his function as Tampa Bay’s best choice at nearer, together with a 2.79 ERA and 33.3% strikeout fee over 9 2/3 innings.
Mazza has an unpleasant 8.49 ERA over six outings this season, largely generated throughout two tough appearances in opposition to the Rangers and Pink Sox that noticed him permit a mixed 10 runs over 5 2/3 innings. Mazza regarded higher in final night time’s recreation in opposition to the Blue Jays, permitting solely a single hit in three shutout innings of aid.
After being claimed off waivers from the Reds in early April, Grullon may discover himself on the transfer once more with out seeing any massive league motion in a Rays uniform. Grullon appeared in 4 video games with the Phillies in 2019 and one recreation with the Pink Sox final season, earlier than Cincinnati claimed him away from Boston in December. Grullon has a .253/.305/.405 slash line and 70 residence runs over 2387 profession minor league plate appearances in Philadelphia’s system.