Rays to activate Brad Boxberger off 60-day DL on Thursday

10 July 2015: Tampa Bay Rays All-Star relief pitcher Brad Boxberger (26) delivers a pitch in the 9th inning of the regular season Major League Baseball game between the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.
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The Tampa Bay Rays will activate right-handed pitcher Brad Boxberger off the 60-day disabled list prior to Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In order to make room for him on the roster, the team has designated right-handed pitcher Danny Farquhar for assignment.

Boxberger is yet to appear in a game in 2017 as he has been sidelined with a lat muscle injury and a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm. He similarly missed a large chunk of last season as well, making just a single appearance prior to July 31.

It was as recently as 2015 that Boxberger led the American League in saves with 41. He was named to the first and only All-Star team of his career, as he finished the year with a 4-10 record with a 3.71 ERA. The year prior, he had a breakout season in the Rays bullpen, striking out 104 batters in 64.2 innings.

He first arrived in Tampa Bay in January 2014 as a member of a trade that saw Logan Forsythe head to the Rays and right-handed starter Jesse Hahn heading back to San Diego. He was drafted in the first round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft by the Cincinnati Reds out of USC, but he was traded before he could make his major league debut as a part of the deal that sent right-hander Mat Latos to Cincinnati.

Farquhar has made 37 appearances with Tampa Bay this season and has posted a 4.11 ERA. He has spent the past year and a half as a member of the Rays bullpen, having previously been with the Seattle Mariners for three seasons.

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