Rays activate Jacob Faria off DL

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 13: Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Jacob Faria (34) pitches during the regular season MLB game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays on June 13, 2017 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire)
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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.

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