Struggling reliever Geltz optioned to minors by Rays
UPDATE, 7:10: Here is some of what Geltz had to say:
"I'm not going to lose any faith It's a demotion, but it's for a cause. There's a reason for it. It's just performance. I haven't been playing good. I haven't been helping the team.''
Cash said it would be good for Geltz to go back to Triple-A, have some success and feel good about himself again.
"We know he's a pitcher who can help us out simply because of last year,'' he said/
UPDATE, 5:24: Sturdevant got the call. He is 30, was an Indians draft pick, served a 50-game PED suspension last year, and pitched with Triple-A Columbus. He was at Durham this year, going 1-0, 1.56 with 2 saves and 21 SO in 14 games.
DEVELOPING: The Rays optioned struggling reliever RHP Steve Geltz to Triple-A Durham after Sunday's game.
Geltz gave up a two-run homer in the eighth inning, the seventh he has allowed in 17 games this season, and fifth in the last two weeks.
No corresponding move was announced. With RHP Andrew Bellatti on the DL and RHP Danny Farquhar ineligible to be recalled, the Rays may have to look at one of their non-roster relievers, such as Dylan Floro, Ryan Garton or Tyler Sturdevant.