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Tampa Bay Rays place Scott Kazmir, Troy Percival on DL

UPDATE: The Rays are not putting a timetable on Kazmir's return, though it certainly sounds as if his absence will stretch beyond the initial 15-day DL period. He said it has been bothering him since his start in Boston May 9.

 Percival, meanwhile, may not be coming back. Manager Joe Maddon Maddon said he "would not be surprised" if Percival decides to retire. Also, Maddon said they will not designate anyone, such as Jason Isringhausen, to replace Percvial but will use "the whole bullpen" to finish games.

UPDATE: Maddon said he "would not be surprised" if Percival decides to retire. Also, Maddon said they will not designate anyone, such as Jason Isringhausen, to replace Percvial but will use "the whole bullpen" to finish games.

Scott Kazmir (right quad strain) and Troy Percival (right shoulder tendinitis) are on the DL as the Tampa Bay Rays called up RHP Dale Thayer and INF Reid Brignac.

Kazmir said the right quad started bothering him in Boston and is a result of his bad mechanics.

Here is the news release issued by the team:

"ST. PETERSBURG, FL---The Tampa Bay Rays have placed left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with a right quadriceps strain.  The Rays also placed right-handed relief pitcher Troy Percival on the 15-day DL with right shoulder tendinitis.  To replace them on the roster, infielder Reid Brignac and right-handed relief pitcher Dale Thayer have been recalled from Durham (AAA) and will be active for tonight’s game at Florida.

Brignac, 23, was hitting .291 (41-141) for Durham with three home runs, 15 RBI, 13 doubles, 24 runs scored and two stolen bases.  He played in 36 games, 32 at shortstop and four at second base.  Brignac made his major league debut last season and played in four games at shortstop, including two starts.  Entering this season he was named the Best Defensive Shortstop in the International League and the No. 4 prospect in the Rays organization by Baseball America.

Thayer, 28, is added to the active major league roster for the first time of his seven-year career.  He leads the Bulls bullpen with six saves and a 0.93 ERA (19.1-IP, 2-ER) over 16 appearances.  In 341 career minor league appearances, he is 26-16 with 138 saves, a 2.27 ERA (393.1-IP, 99-ER) and 403 strikeouts.  Thayer was originally added to the Rays 40-man roster on November 20, and was acquired in 2006 as the player to be named in the trade that sent Russell Branyan to the San Diego Padres.  The Padres signed him as a non-drafted free agent out of Chico State in California.

Kazmir, 25, is 4-4 with a 7.69 ERA (45.2-IP, 39-ER) in nine starts this season.  After beginning the year by going 3-1 with a 3.97 ERA over his first four starts, he has compiled a 1-3 record with an 11.35 ERA in the five starts since.  His 19.2 pitches per inning pitched are the most in the majors.  Although he is the youngest member of the starting rotation, he is the longest tenured Rays pitcher and is the club’s all-time leader with 51 victories, 764.1 innings pitched, 815 strikeouts, 132 starts and a 3.79 ERA.

Percival, 39, is 0-1 this year with a team-high six saves and a 6.35 ERA over 14 appearances.  His 358 career saves rank eighth on the all-time list and fourth among active pitchers.  He led the Rays with 28 saves last season despite three separate stints on the disabled list.  The four-time All-Star is one of four pitchers to record seven straight 30-save seasons (1998-2004).  He has held opponents to a lifetime .188 batting avg., lowest of any pitcher in major league history with 400 or more appearances.''

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:47am]

    

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