The Rays placed designated hitter Pat Burrell on the disabled list due to a stiff neck that has hampered his approach to hitting. This explains his only having one home run this season, hit back on April 13.
Additionally, they called up pitcher Jason Isringhausen from Durham. The former Cardinals closer had been on a rehab assignment and may very well assume the same role in Tampa Bay.
Isringhausen pitched the ninth inning in the Rays’ 134 beatdown of the Oakland A’s, allowing one double but otherwise pitching very strongly. He had a decent fastball working and showed a lot of break to his signature curveball. The Rays could have lost him for nothing within a few days had he not been brought up, but it was the right time and the right decision. Now they have another anchor in their deep bullpen that can keep the team afloat. They definitely need everyone they can get right now. I can’t wait for Chad Bradford to return as well and round out the relief core.
The Rays are on a good streak right now, which they absolutely have to keep up and running if they want to catch the pesky Blue Jays (who my dad now believes will finish 14814 this season), the Yankees and the Red Sox anytime soon. The A’s look like they could use a broom ride out of town. Until next time, go Rays.