RP - FA
Oliver Drake, who was designated for assignment last week by the Rays, has elected to become a free agent rather than accept an outright assignment, per beat writer Marc Topkin.
The 33-year old will test the waters in free agency but could still potentially resign with the Rays, Topkin mentioned. Drake battled biceps tendinitis during the regular season, which required an IL stint, and strained his right flexor tendon earlier in the postseason.
Oliver Drake was activated from the 10-day injured list. He missed over a month with biceps tendinitis.
Drake has registered a 3.38 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with a pair of saves over 5 1/3 innings this year. He shouldn't be counted on for any save opportunities down the stretch, though, as Diego Castillo leads the committee in Tampa.
Oliver Drake (biceps) is expected to return to the Rays' bullpen this weekend.
Drake has missed a month with biceps tendinitis. The 33-year-old picked up a couple of saves during the first week of the season but he shouldn't be relied on for any down the stretch. Tampa Bay will likely continue to mix and match in the ninth inning.
Oliver Drake (biceps) threw a successful 15-pitch bullpen on Tuesday.
It was the first time Drake has thrown off a mound since landing on the injured list back on August 9th. He got two saves early on this season but the Rays have mixed and matched enough during his absence that it's tough to project him for any more moving forward.
Rays manager Kevin Cash says he's encouraged by the progress that Oliver Drake (biceps) is making.
Drake hasn't pitched since August 8th due to biceps tendinitis. He reportedly played catch on Sunday and could be activated sooner rather than later.