Sunday, October 14, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays demote Jaime Schultz after sharp debut to make room for Nathan Eovaldi

RHP Jaime Schultz made an impressive debut in Tuesday's game, striking out the side in the seventh.

But then he was sent back to Triple-A Durham as the Rays needed to clear a roster spot to activate RHP Nathan Eovaldi to start Wednesday.

Eovaldi, who was on the 60-day DL, also had to be re-added to the 40-man roster. To make room, the Rays shifted RHP Jake Faria, sidelined with an oblique strain, from the 10- to the 60-day DL.

Schultz, called up Sunday despite a 9.98 ERA at Triple-A, said the first thing he had to do Tuesday was calm down.

"I was definitely amped up," he said. "I  think if I had let the adrenaline get the best of me I probably would have thrown it all over the place."

Instead, he threw it pretty much all over the plate, striking out all three batters he faced – Stephen Piscotty, ex-Ray Matt Joyce and Bruce Maxwell.

Could that portion of his night gone any better?

"I don't think so, honestly," Schultz said. "I can't imagine doing anything better. It felt really great to be out there in a situation where I could be used to help the team. So that was even better."

Schultz was able to throw his curveball for strikes though it didn't have the big break, but he most impressed with the upper-90s fastball.

As for the overall experience?

"It's a lot of fun," he said. "Honestly, the first thing I thought when I stepped up on the mound was that it was a lot closer (to the plate). If that's the case everywhere it's going to be a lot of fun."

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