ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jake Odorizzi is going back to Durham, and the Tampa Bay Rays have promoted right-hander Alex Colome to bolster a fatigued bullpen.
On Tuesday night, the Rays announced that Odorizzi, a right-hander, will be moved down to Triple-A, a day after he pitched four innings and gave up six runs and eight hits in a 10-6 victory over the Miami Marlins at Tropicana Field.
On Wednesday afternoon, Colome was promoted and will work in a relief role. He’s available to play later in the day during the Rays’ game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. A starter for Tampa Bay’s game Saturday against the Cleveland Indians is still undetermined.
“We’ve already spoken to him,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said of Odorizzi, after the Rays’ 7-6 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday night. “(Pitching coach Jim Hickey) went over some things he wants him to work on. Part of this decision is based on usage of the bullpen right now. We have to make sure we’re covered in the bullpen so nobody gets hurt and that we can disperse the work properly.”
Odorizzi, 23, was promoted prior to a May 20 start against the Toronto Blue Jays and pitched a combined nine innings in two appearances, giving up nine runs and 13 hits. He took the place of left-hander David Price (strained left triceps) in the rotation after the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 16.
“There’s nothing I can do,” Odorizzi said.
Colome, who will wear No. 37, has a 2.60 ERA in 10 starts and 55 1/3 innings at Durham this season. He owns a 4-5 record with 61 strikeouts, and he has allowed 22 walks.
In five appearances with the Rays this year in spring training, Colome had a 9.64 ERA in 4 2/3 innings.