Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Lueke reportedly joining Rays, could mean several scenarios
Posted Aug 9, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Aug 9, 2013 at 11:48 AM
LOS ANGELES The team won’t confirm a report late Thursday night by Adam Sobsey, who blogs about the Durham Bulls, that reliever Josh Lueke was on his way west to join the Rays.
Lueke could be headed to LA to add a fresh arm to a bullpen after Alex Torres pitched 2 1/3 innings in Wednesday’s loss to the Diamondbacks – a move the Rays use often.
Or, Lueke could replace an ineffective or injured arm in the bullpen, a scenario that could impact Kyle Farnsworth. Rays manager Joe Maddon has a hard time finding innings for Farnsworth, and Farnsworth has been effective when used.
Or, Lueke’s arrival could be tied in to Chris Archer’s right forearm.
Archer will throw today for the first time after leaving Wednesday’s game in the second inning because of tightness in the forearm. Both Archer and Maddon said after the game they believe Archer will make his next start Tuesday.
Archer is expected to throw today. If there is still tightness he could go to the disabled list. Matt Moore (sore left elbow) is scheduled to come off the DL on Tuesday, so he could be activated and make the start.
If that’s the case, Lueke will add depth to the bullpen during this weekend series against the Dodgers, giving Maddon more late-inning options.