The Tampa Bay Rays have activated right-handed pitcher Jacob Faria off the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox. He will not immediately rejoin the rotation, but will be available out of the bullpen behind right-hander Matt Andriese.
Faria has been sidelined with an abdominal strain since his last start against the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 16. After a dominant start to his big-league career, he has lost each of his most recent three starts.
During what has been his rookie season, Faria has made 13 starts and gone 5-4 with a 3.32 ERA since debuting on the Rays’ roster back on June 7. He has struck out nearly a batter per inning over the course of the year, having scuffled during the second half of the season. He opened the season 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA across six starts during the first half, before having gone 1-4 with a 4.46 ERA during seven starts in the second half.
Faria earned his call-up after beginning the season at Triple-A Durham, where he went 6-1 with a 3.07 ERA, racking up 84 strikeouts in 58.2 innings, the highest K/9 rate of his career.
Tampa Bay first drafted Faria in the 10th round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft out of Cerritos, Calif. As a 21-year-old in 2015, he obliterated opposing hitters across High- and Double-A, finishing the season 17-4 with a 1.92 ERA combined.
Getting back Faria will be a boost to a Rays’ staff that is entering play on Friday 5.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot in the American League.