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Rays call up reliever Drew Rasmussen

Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times
 2021-06-19
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Drew Rasmussen, here with the Brewers, recently threw 11 1/3 scoreless innings for Triple-A Durham. [ MATT SLOCUM | Associated Press ]

The Rays added another powerful arm to their bullpen, calling up right-hander Drew Rasmussen before Saturday night’s game in Seattle.

Rasmussen, 25, was acquired from Milwaukee along with J.P. Feyereisen in the May 21 trade of shortstop Willy Adames.

Though Rasmussen was pitching for the Brewers, going 0-1, 4.24 with 25 strikeouts in 18 innings and averaging 97 mph on his fastball, the Rays sent him to Triple-A Durham. All he did there was throw 11 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out 23 (of 42 batters faced).

Rasmussen was the Rays’ 2017 first-round draft pick from Oregon State but didn’t sign as he needed a second Tommy John elbow surgery. He was drafted by the Brewers in 2018 in the sixth round and made his big-league debut in 2020. He has a 1-1, 5.01 career record in 27 career games.

The Rays had an open spot on their roster after optioning infielder Mike Brosseau to Triple-A following Friday’s 5-1 loss to the Mariners.

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