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Rays bullpen dealt tough blow as best reliever in baseball hits IL

Tampa Bay Rays, J.P. Feyereisen, Kevin Cash

The Tampa Bay Rays have had a handful of injury woes within their bullpen unit, and now another relief pitcher will be sidelined for at least the coming week.

The Rays announced on Friday that reliever J.P. Feyereisen has been placed on the 15-day injured list ahead of their three-game home series against the Chicago White Sox. The veteran right-handed pitcher is dealing with a right shoulder impingement injury, and as a result, the team opted to call up Calvin Faucher from Triple-A Durham.

Feyereisen last featured for the Rays in their 3-1 road win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday, as he faced a mere two batters and successfully recorded the team’s final out of the eighth inning.

Amid the multitude of injuries that the Rays bullpen has dealt with so far in the season, Feyereisen has risen to the occasion for the team. He has emerged as a go-to relief pitcher for manager Kevin Cash, logging 24.1 innings pitched, which ranks second on the team among such players.

More so, out of all the relievers in the majors who have tallied at least 24.0 innings pitched in the campaign so far, Feyereisen is the only such talent who still boasts a 0.00 ERA.

As mentioned, the Rays bullpen has continued to deal with injury after injury. The likes of Andrew Kittredge (strained lower back) and JT Chargois (strained oblique) are currently on the IL due to their respective injuries. More so, Pete Fairbanks has yet to pitch this season due to a strained lat ailment.

For now, Cash will have to rely on the likes of Jason Adam and Brooks Raley to lead the way for the team’s bullpen.