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Rays' call-ups include knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa

Eddie Gamboa, 31, joined the Rays as a minor-league free agent this year and was the top project in heir new knuckleball program.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Eddie Gamboa, 31, joined the Rays as a minor-league free agent this year and was the top project in heir new knuckleball program.

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The Rays announced the callups of three players to join them Friday, including knuckleball pitcher Eddie Gamboa.

Also coming up are C Curt Casali and RHP Ryan Garton.

Gamboa, 31, joined the Rays as a minor-league free agent this year and was the top project in heir new knuckleball program, working under pitching coordinator Charlie Haeger. Gamboa was 6-4, 2.68 in 27 games for Triple-A Durham this season, making 12 starts. He logged 89 strikeouts and 39 walks in 94 innings while allowing just a .196 average.

Gamboa spent two days in the majors with the Orioles in April 2015 but did not get in a game, so he will be making his major-league debut. When he does, he will be the second oldest player to do so with the Rays, behind 35-year-old Jim Morris, whose story was turned into a movie, The Rookie. Gamboa will wear No. 59.

Casali was on the opening day roster but after hitting .168 with seven home runs and 20 RBI was optioned to Triple-A on Aug. 5.

Garton, the Mitchell High product, has had three previous stints with the Rays, going 1-0, 4.73 in 23 games.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2016 2:25pm]

    

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