Rays journal: Jacob Faria to fulfill lifelong dream in major-league debut

Published June 7 2017
Updated June 7 2017

ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Jacob Faria was summoned into the manager's office Monday after Durham's game at Charlotte and told his scheduled start on Tuesday was pushed back to tonight.

And one more thing, Bulls manager Jared Sandberg said: It will be at Tropicana Field against the White Sox.

"It's the one thing I worked for since I was 6," Faria said Tuesday afternoon after reaching the Rays clubhouse. "I don't think there's anything right now that trumps this moment for me, right now."

Faria, 23, will be added to the roster for tonight's game and will make his major-league debut in what is expected to be a one-and-done start. His spot start allows the Rays to add an extra day of rest between starts for RHPs Jake Odorizzi, Alex Cobb and Erasmo Ramirez. It also means they won't have to use a bullpen day during one of the games of Saturday's doubleheader, provided RHP Matt Andriese (groin) returns that day from the 10-day disabled list.

Faria, a 10th-round pick in 2011, was 6-1 with a 3.07 ERA in 11 starts with the Bulls.

"Quite a success story with respect to where he was selected in the draft, the work that went in with player development, just the progression of his career," Rays general manager Erik Neander said. "This is one that a lot of people in our organization have been a part in getting to this point. We're excited to see him out here (tonight)."

Faria impressed Rays manager Kevin Cash during the spring of 2016, Faria's first at big-league camp. Not only did he have an above-average fastball and changeup, but the rookie wasn't intimidated when facing big-league hitters.

After a slow start to his Triple-A season last year, Faria has been solid this year from the start.

"This year he's been pretty outstanding," Cash said. "He's got a fastball-changeup mix. He started to develop a cutter that's been effective. But the biggest thing is he's going in throwing strikes and winning ballgames."

It has been quite a few weeks for Faria. He proposed on May 23 to his long-time girlfriend, Jessica. Tonight he makes his big-league debut.

"It's been the best two-week span of my life," he said.

The Rays designated INF Michael Martinez for assignment to make room for Faria.

Number of the day

7 Players to make their major-league debut this season with the Rays when RHP Jacob Faria pitches tonight against the White Sox.

Moving up

DH/LF Corey Dickerson remained in fourth place among DHs in the American League during the latest voting for the All-Star Game, but he is only 1,154 votes behind Indians DH Edwin Encarnacion for third. Dickerson was 60,000 votes out of third a week ago.

"Play the game the right way, get the players' attention, the other managers' attention and good things will happen," Dickerson said about being voted to the All-Star Game.

Medical updates

RHP Brad Boxberger (right flexor strain) is scheduled to start Thursday for Class A Charlotte. … RHP Matt Andriese (groin) will throw a bullpen today and expects to come off the DL on Saturday and pitch against the A's. … RHP Jumbo Diaz (right arm fatigue) pitched an inning Tuesday for the Stone Crabs. … C Wilson Ramos (knee surgery) was 1-for-4 as the DH during his second rehab start for Charlotte. … OF Peter Bourjos (tennis elbow) played leftfield for the Crabs. … SS Matt Duffy (heel) took infield and batting practice before Tuesday's game, but manager Kevin Cash said there is no timetable for when Duffy will resume his minor-league rehab.