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Farnsworth to DL, Lueke called up, Gaub claimed off waivers

Posted Apr 5, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 5, 2012 at 03:27 PM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG
The Rays placed closer Kyle Farnsworth on the 15-day disabled list today with a right elbow strain and called up RHP Josh Lueke from Triple A Durham.

Farnsworth said Wednesday the injury was similar to the one that sidelined him for two weeks last September. He didn’t think he would miss an extended period of time but did say he needed to rest his arm.

Lueke, acquired from the Mariners in November for catcher John Jaso, allowed nine hits and five runs in 8 1/3 innings this spring. He was optioned to Durham on March 23.

Rays manager Joe Maddon will use Joel Peralta, J.P. Howell and Fernando Rodney for the ninth based on which one matches up the best with the scheduled hitters.

It was Peralta who picked up the slack last September when Farnsworth was injured, going 4 for 4 in save opportunities.

Howell saved 17 games in 2009 after Troy Percival’s career ended with a hamstring injury and Jason Isringhausen suffered a season-ending elbow injury.

Rodney, who signed as a free agent in January, has 87 career saves, including 37 in 2009.

The Rays also claimed LHP John Gaub off waivers today from the Cubs and added him to the 40-man roster. He will not be on the Opening Day 25-man roster.

Aside from a short stint with the Cubs in 2011, Gaub spent the past four seasons at Triple A.

He appeared in four games with Cubs last season, pitching 2 1/3 innings.

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