Rays’ Jake Faria may be out until August, Vidal Nuno called up

Vidal Nuno, shown in spring training, is the latest pitcher to join the Rays. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Vidal Nuno, shown in spring training, is the latest pitcher to join the Rays. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published May 23 2018
Updated May 23 2018

UPDATE, 5:32: Faria is looking at at extended absence, potentially into August. Cash said an estimate of 6-8 weeks was on the optimistic side. "From what we found out he got it pretty good," Cash said.  "So it could be a little bit longer than that. I  think the first three-four weeks are so crucial, talking to (head athletic trainer) Joe Benge and hearing how they treat it and how he responds. Everybody responds a little differently. But he's going to miss some time. … Nuno can serve in a variety of roles. … To make room on the 40-man roster for Nuno, the Rays moved RHP Nathan Eovaldi from the 10- to the 60-day DL, though he is still eligible to return May 28, so in essence they delay the 40-man decision until he is ready to come back.

DEVELOPING:  The Rays, as expected, are placing RHP Jake Faria on the 10-day DL with a left oblique strain that he sustained during Tuesday's game.

Somewhat unexpectedly, they are calling up LHP Vidal Nuno to take his place.

Nuno, 30, has pitched parts of five seasons in the majors, with the Yankees, D-backs, Mariners and Orioles, compiling a 5-21, 4.29 record in 138 games, 42 starts.

He was pitching this season at Triple-A Durham, going 3-1, 3.57 in eight games.

Nuno will have to be added to the 40-man roster, and a decision on who to drop to make room will be announced later today.

The Rays chose Nuno, likely for his ability to work multiple innings, over rostered options such as RHP Chih-Wei Hu, RHP Hunter Wood and RHP Andrew Kittredge, among others. Also over RHP Ryan Weber, who had a cameo appearance earlier this season.

Faria could miss six-eight weeks based on the severity of the strain.