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Rays add pitcher Casey Sadler to bullpen, put Mike Zunino on paternity list in series of moves

Pitcher Emilio Pagan optioned to Triple-A, catcher Nick Ciuffo called up.

ST. PETERSBURG - The Rays added right-hander Casey Sadler to their bullpen and placed catcher Mike Zunino on the paternity list in a series of moves.

Sadler gives the Rays a fresh arm after two days of heavy bullpen usage following openers, with a third planned for tonight in the series opener vs. Boston.

He pitched previously in the majors with the Pirates, and signed a minor-league contract with the Rays. He was 0-0, 2.57 in two games at Triple-A Durham and, most importantly, fresh as he hadn’t pitched since Sunday. To make room for Sadler on the 40-man roster the Rays shifted Tommy John-rehabbing pitcher Jose De Leon from the 10-day to the 60-day IL. Times columnist John Romano profiled Sadler’s journey here.

Zunino’s departure came a little earlier than expected as his wife, Alyssa, was due in early May. Ciuffo, who made his debut last season, will join Michael Perez as the two active catchers, both hitting lefty. Ciuffo was hitting .158 in 10 games at Durham. Players can be on the paternity list for up to three days.

Pagan was called up earlier this week and pitched twice, including two innings last night.