Tampa Bay Rays send Ryan Yarbrough, a struggling pitcher, to the minors. Shane Baz will return to rotation

The Tampa Bay Rays Options for struggling starting pitcher Ryan Yarbrough To Triple-A Durham on Tuesday, and plan to replace with Shane Baz In their rotation.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that it was an “extremely difficult decision”. according to the Tampa Bay Times. “We haven't been able to fully grasp this concept for quite some time. “I know that Yarbs has been an incredibly valuable member of our club. I felt that at this time we were better off with the five starters we have.

Baz will take the field against Minnesota Twins Cash indicated that Cash could choose Friday or Saturday.

Yarbrough, who pitched 155 innings last season for the Rays, won 16 games in 2018, his first year with the Rays. He has been struggling this season, going 0-3 in seven appearances with a 5.65 ERA (six starts). He has a career record of 37-26, with a 4.38 ERA.

The Rays lost 6-5 to the Rays Sunday, and the left-hander made his latest appearance. Chicago White Sox When he allowed six runs, eight hits and 68 pitches over 1 2/3 innings.

Baz was 2-0 in 2021 with a 2.03 ERA in three September starts. This was his rookie season. The right-hander was arthroscopically elbow operated in March. He posted a 1.38 ERA during four rehab starts in Triple A.

Cash stated to reporters that Baz had “checked every box” during his rehabilitation.

The Rays called up right-hander Luke Bard, Triple-A, on Tuesday in a move that was akin to Yarbrough being demoted.

Tampa Bay (31-23) entered Tuesday’s games in third position in the American League East standings.

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