When Will Jeff Beliveau Appear for the Rays?

By David Hill

It is never a good sign when a team has to run through five different relievers in a game. It is even worse when three of those relieves go over 25 pitches in their outing, as Joel Peralta, Jake McGee and Alex Torres were forced to do on Wednesday. Coupled with the work the bullpen had to put in on Tuesday, the Rays relief crew has certainly seen a lot of work in the past few days.

Even though the Rays had last night off, it may be possible that McGee (38 pitches in 1.2 innings Wednesday) and Torres (46 pitches in 2.1 innings) may not be available tonight. If that is the case, it may be that the Rays bring up a pitcher for another one day appearance, just to get through Friday if the seemingly unthinkable happens and David Price gets knocked out of the game early. Should the Rays go that route, we may get the return of Jeff Beliveau.

Beliveau has already been up twice this year in a similar spot, but has yet to actually appear in a game for the Rays. He has put together solid numbers for Durham, going 2-3 with a 2.56 ERA, but where he truly stands out is in his ability to strike batters out. In 38.2 innings, Beliveau has struck out 66 batters. His control has been spotty, as he has walked 21 hitters in that time, but the strikeout potential makes him interesting.

While it seems likely that Beliveau will be with the Rays and get into a game after rosters expand in September, he has been a good soldier during his time with Tampa. He seemingly understands his position – that he is the extra reliever and is likely to see action in only the most dire of situations. Yet, he has not complained, and has handled his situation well.

Jeff Beliveau is likely to get a chance to pitch in a game for the Rays eventually. However, even if he is called up on Friday, it may not happen then unless everything else goes awry.