RP - TB - IL10
The Rays placed Oliver Drake on the 10-day injured list Sunday with bicep tendinitis.
Drake picked up the injury during Saturday’s game against the Yankees. He was currently in the mix for saves with Nick Anderson and Diego Castillo. It is unclear how much time Drake will miss, but he will be out the at least the next 10 days. Look for Rays manager Kevin Cash to split closing duties between Anderson and Castillo.
Oliver Drake received the loss on Wednesday against the Braves, giving up a run on two hits over 2/3 of an inning.
The more frustrating part is that Drake entered in the sixth inning in this one. He had been used as a traditional closer in each of his previous two appearances, but this is the Tampa Bay Rays we are dealing with. We still like him to garner save chances moving forward but his role isn't as secure as fantasy owners might like.
Oliver Drake picked up his second save of the season on Tuesday against the Braves, throwing a clean ninth to preserve the 5-2 win.
So far it appears as if Drake is being used as Tampa Bay's traditional closer. His only appearances have come with the team leading in the ninth. Meanwhile, Nick Anderson continues to be used in high-leverage middle relief situations. The Rays could change their mind with his usage tomorrow, but right now Drake is a priority add off of waivers if he's somehow still available.
Oliver Drake came into a 4-1 game in the ninth inning on Saturday versus the Blue Jays and slammed the door to earn his first save of the season.
Drake struck out one, needing just 14 pitches to retire the side. Nick Anderson was used in the most high-leverage situation of the game, recording four outs while taking care of the heart of Toronto's lineup. Drake, however, is the one who got the ever-elusive fantasy stat. Drake earned two saves last season and put up a 3.21 ERA in 56 innings. There's no guarantee he even secures another save opportunity this year, but he's worth picking up for anyone in need of closers.
Oliver Drake struck out the side during a scoreless ninth inning to record his second save in a 5-3 victory against the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Drake got an opportunity to close out the game as Emilio Pagan who has been serving as the team's closer has had a heavy workload this week. Drake may get some more chances down the road but Pagan looks to have the ninth-inning role locked down for the Rays.