ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays placed reliever Brandon Gomes on the 15-day disabled list before starting a three-game series with the San Diego Padres on Friday.
The right-hander has a right lat strain, which he began noticing early in a series against the Colorado Rockies last Friday through Sunday in Denver. He pitched 1/3 of an inning in both the Friday and Saturday games, and he first felt stiffness in the initial outing before the sensation became worse in the second.
In the past week, he has received treatment, but he said he reached a point Thursday when the injury affected his throwing motion. He last pitched Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, when he lasted 1/3 of an inning.
“I’ve never been on the DL,” said Gomes, who has a 5.40 ERA over 11 2/3 innings this season. “I’ve never missed a significant amount of games before. So it’s kind of a freak thing. I don’t really know how it happened. I’ll just have to take care of it and get back healthy.”
The Rays recalled Josh Lueke from Triple-A Durham to take Gomes’ place. Lueke, a right-hander, has a 0.95 ERA over 19 innings with the Bulls this season. He had a 1.64 ERA over 11 innings for the Rays in spring training.
“It’s tough news,” Lueke said of Gomes. “I’m glad he’s not getting sent down or anything. It’s never good when someone goes on the DL.”