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Your Tampa Uber driver may have been new Rays pitcher J.P. Feyereisen

Rays notes | A part-time job helped during his days as a Yankees minor-leaguer in Tampa.
New Tampa Bay Rays reliever J.P. Feyereisen shared details on a Zoom call Wednesday of his time as an Uber driver in Tampa while a Yankees minor-leaguer.
New Tampa Bay Rays reliever J.P. Feyereisen shared details on a Zoom call Wednesday of his time as an Uber driver in Tampa while a Yankees minor-leaguer. [ MIKE CARLSON | Associated Press ]
Published May 27, 2021|Updated May 27, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG — After being traded by the Brewers on Friday and flying in to join the Rays on Saturday, reliever J.P. Feyereisen is still getting settled in with his new team.

The Wisconsin native had never been to Tropicana Field before, but is somewhat familiar with the Tampa Bay area. Before being traded to the Brewers in September 2019, Feyereisen had three springs as a Yankees minor-leaguer training in Tampa.

And in 2018, he spent his free evenings as a driver for Uber.

“I had to make a little money as a minor-leaguer,” Feyereisen, 28, said. “So I kind of got to know the area pretty well.”

Sporting events worked out well. “A lot of the Lightning games, those are the best surges for Uber drivers,” he said. “That’s when you can make your most money.”

Feyereisen said he took the job seriously and had a five-star rating to prove it — better than when he is a passenger, he admitted. “I had the gum and the chargers and everything you need; waters in a cooler,” he said. “I was doing it all.”

Feyereisen never had the awkward situation of picking up any teammates or other baseball players. But he did get recognized one time after a couple guys got into his car outside Steinbrenner Field.

“I picked up some scouts once from the Marlins, and they’re looking at me,” Feyereisen relayed. “And, I mean, J.P. as a driver and they’re like, ‘Hey, do you pitch for the Yankees?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I do.’ They’re like ‘Oh, we’re Miami Marlins scouts.’ … So that was it.”

Feyereisen had an eventful first game at the Trop on Wednesday, giving up a game-tying homer to start the ninth, then getting six more outs for the win as the Rays won 2-1 in 10 innings.

Feyeresien was added to the Brewers’ 40-man roster after the 2019 season, made it to the majors last year and has established himself as a solid big-league reliever. Now when he’s in an Uber, he’s sitting in the back seat.

“That is the nice thing,” he said. “Don’t have to drive Uber now.”

Two-out trouble

Rays lefty Shane McClanahan makes his sixth start Thursday armed with some new information — that all 10 runs he has allowed have come with two outs in innings. McClanahan said he was unaware until Rays pre-/post-game radio host Neil Solondz asked about it during a Wednesday Zoom interview.

“That makes me kind of mad that I can’t get out of an inning without giving up a run with two outs,” McClanahan said. “I think it just shows that maybe I need to stay focused, I guess. I don’t know. That’s really interesting. I’ve never thought about it like that. So that’s something I’ll have to think about.”

Medical matters

Right-hander Luis Patino, sidelined since cutting his middle finger in his May 18 start, is doing well and throwing bullpen sessions, and could be activated this weekend against the Phillies. … Right-hander Chris Archer was shut down from throwing for at least two days as he was “still feeling” the tightness on the outside of the forearm that sidelined him in early April, manager Kevin Cash said. Archer was doing long tossing, but was not throwing off the mound yet.

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Miscellany

⋅ The Rays won in their last at-bat for the fourth time in their past six games, and seventh for the season.

⋅ McClanahan and Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi have something in common when they meet Thursday: They are the only two to play in World Series games before their first regular-season games. Mondesi debuted in the 2015 World Series, McClanahan in the 2020 AL Division Series.

⋅ Kevin Kiermaier ran 104 feet from centerfield to left, per Statcast data, to make a second-inning catch Tuesday. He was not in the lineup Wednesday for what Cash said was just a day off against a lefty.

⋅ Tickets for June games, with Tropicana Field capacity increased to about 20,000, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday.

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