Rays place reliever Joel Peralta on 15-day DL with illness

Tampa Bay Rays reliever Joel Peralta was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday (retroactive to July 13) due to illness, and left-hander Jeff Beliveau will take his place in the bullpen.

Joel Peralta has not pitched since July 12 against the Blue Jays.

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Tampa Bay Rays reliever Joel Peralta was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday (retroactive to July 13) due to illness, and left-hander Jeff Beliveau will take his place in the bullpen.

Peralta, 38, didn't pitch during the Rays' three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins at Target Field from last Friday to Sunday. Recently, he told reporters that he may have contracted the Chikungunya virus while visiting family in the Dominican Republic during the All-Star break. He said he has experienced headaches, fever and joint pain since Friday. The virus, which can be spread through mosquito bites, is more common in Caribbean nations.

"I've had a fever and pain in my joints," Peralta told MLB.com on Monday. "Feels like all my joints are sore. That's how I feel."

Peralta is 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 43 appearances this season. He last pitched in the Rays' victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on July 12.

Beliveau, meanwhile, has struck out one and allowed no hits in two innings with the Rays in 2014, in losses to the Kansas City Royals on April 9 and Cincinnati Reds on April 13. He has a 1.50 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 36 innings with Triple-A Durham this season.

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