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Rays bolster bullpen with right-hander Andrew Kittredge

Tampa Bay options Jake Faria, who made two relief appearances in three games.
The Rays' Andrew Kittredge throws during a games against the New York Yankees last season at Tropicana Field. (Times, 2018)
The Rays' Andrew Kittredge throws during a games against the New York Yankees last season at Tropicana Field. (Times, 2018)
Published Jun. 18

NEW YORK — Before the game Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, the Rays selected the contract of right-hander reliever Andrew Kittredge and optioned right-hander Jake Faria.

Kittredge wasn't on the organization's 40-man roster, but there was an open spot since reliever Jose Alvarado was transferred to the restricted list earlier this month.

The move is the latest this month to replenish the Rays bullpen.

Kittredge has posted a 1.93 ERA in 27 appearances (26 in relief) with Durham and has 55 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings.

Faria spent just three games with the Rays, making two relief appearances (one run on five hits over 3 1/3 innings). He closed out Monday’s series opener at Yankee Stadium with 1 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk with two strikeouts.

Kittredge was placed on the taxi squad last week and was expected to join the team, but instead went on the paternity list for the birth of his child.

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