X-rays to identify Cooper Cresswell, Kevin Hergit, Jaffe Guerra

1:05 pm: Tobkin pass That McKay has already been transferred to IL for 60 days to open another spot on the 40-person roster. Rays also announced the moves, saying Criswell had been “added” to the list, with Guerra and Herget “selected.” This appears to indicate that Criswell is an alternative to COVID, temporarily taking Raley’s place on the list. This means that he will be eligible to be removed from the list at a later time without being placed on waivers.

9:05 am: The Rays are making a series of changes to their staff ahead of a big five-game series in Toronto that begins tonight (Twitter links From Mark Tobkin of the Tampa Bay Times). Three right-handers will be added to the list: Cooper CresswellAnd the Kevin Herget And the Guerra . phenomenon. two other rights, Louis Patino And the Calvin FoucherAfter yesterday’s match, they were selected to open two positions on the active list. the left Brooks Raleigh It will open a third by being placed on the restricted list, ineligible to cross the Canada-US border due to its non-immune status. There are no Criswell, Herget or Guerra on the 40-man list, which is currently 39. Raley will not count against that number while on the banned list, leaving the club open with one place. Conjecturally, they can move left-handed Brendan McKay To the list of unfair 60 days in the aftermath newsletter From Tommy John’s surgery.

Criswell, 26, made his MLB debut last year with a cup of coffee 1/3 runs with the Angels. They put him in 60 Days of IL this year due to shoulder soreness and eventually lost him to the Rays in a waiver claim in July. Since that claim, Criswell has thrown 27 1/3 innings over eight games for the Triple-A Durham Bulls. He has a 3.95 ERA in that time with a 20.8% strike rate, 4.7% walking rate and a 51.9% ball rate. Set to appointment in July, he was fired after waivers were removed. He’ll start the game tonight and can give the Rays at least some frames. Each of his last eight matches was between three to four rounds.

Hergit, 31, spent several years in the Cardinals’ system and one in the Cleveland system before joining the Rays on a minor league deal. He was named to Tampa’s roster in August but was set for the mission prior to his MLB debut. He threw 91 2/3 innings over 19 games with the Bulls in the year, making him another multi-inning option for the Rays. He has a 2.55 ERA of the season with a 24.7% strike rate, 3.8% walk rate and a 35.9% ball rate.

Guerra, 26, has 34 innings of MLB experience so far, mostly with the Padres. He traded with Rays in April for cash considerations but was set for assignment in May, removing concessions and acquiring Durham. He briefly returned to the team as a replacement for COVID the last time Rays traveled to Toronto. He’s been used to the more traditional mitigator role in the singles, having thrown 41 1/3 innings on 43 Triple-A this year. He has 1.74 sprints in this stretch with a 31.9% strike rate, 9.8% gait rate, and 47.1% pull rate.

Thanks to tomorrow’s double-header, Rays and Jays will be playing five games over the next four days, which makes perfect sense for Tampa to add some new weapons. Josh Fleming And the Jimmy Yakabones They also travel with the team in the Taxi Squad, making them candidates to be the club’s “29th man” on the double bill. Along with the Mariners, Rays and Blue Jays hold the US wild card positions, with the three teams located within a half-game of each other. This means that these competitions will be key to defining the post-season picture in just a few weeks. In this year’s new playoff format, the first round is played entirely on the grounds of the first seeded team, so there is a huge difference between getting your first and second/third wild card.