Rays claim reliever Wesley Wright, send Lueke back to Durham
UPDATE, 8:04: The Rays send RHP Josh Lueke, unimpressive in three weekend appearances, back to Triple-A Durham to make room. Lueke and Alex Torres are the only relievers with options. ... Wright also is out of options, meaning he can't be sent to the minors without being exposed to waivers. ... The standard claiming fee is $20,000.
DEVELOPING: The Rays are continuing to shake up their bullpen, claiming LH reliever Wesley Wright from the Astros.
Wright, 28, will join the Rays on Tuesday; the corresponding move has not been announced.
Wright leads all AL lefties with 54 appearances. Has 40 K + 16 BB in 41.1 IP overall, a 2.08 ERA since AS break
Wright has been with the Astros for parts of the last six seasons, compiling a 4.44 career ERA. He averages nearly a strikeout and a hit per inning.
Wright told mlb.com he was pleasantly surprised by the move.
"I’m excited,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to go pitch for a contending team and something I’ve always wanted to do, and to get this opportunity now is kind of shocking, but I’m also excited about it.”
Wright also thanked the Astros.
“The organization has been great to me and my family throughout the past six seasons,” he said. “They gave me an opportunity to see what I can do at the big league level. I’m really grateful to the organization and the fans and the city. They were really supportive to me and my teammates. Even in the down years, they supported me and all I can say is thanks to the city of Houston and the fans.”