Tampa Bay Rays reliever Joel Peralta has ended up on the disabled list retroactive to July 13th, and no one encapsulated the story better than Tommy Rancel of The Process Report among other places.
Peralta is believed to have Chikungunya virus, stemming from a mosquito bite. Peralta returned to the Dominican Republic over the All-Star Break, and, just his luck, one of the few mosquito bites he got wound up being a bad one. Peralta’s virus has left him dealing with a fever and joint pain, and the Rays decided that it was too much for him to remain on the roster. However, Peralta will be eligible to come off the disabled list on July 28th, just six days from now, so this should not be an extended concern.
Replacing Joel Peralta with be lefty Jeff Beliveau, who is up for the fifth time this season. So far, Beliveau has made two appearances, striking out one in two perfect innings. Beliveau’s results will slip from that, but he still has the ability to be a strong reliever for the Rays however long he is with them. Beliveau has pitched extremely well for the second straight season at Triple-A Durham, managing a 1.50 ERA, a 12.8 K/9, a 3.5 BB/9, and a 0.0 HR/9 in 30 appearances and 36 innings pitched. The 27 year old lefty does not feature overpowering stuff, but he beats hitters with good movement on his low-90’s fastball plus three solid secondary pitches in his cutter, changeup, and curveball. In a Rays bullpen lacking a true lefty specialist with Cesar Ramos in long relief and Jake McGee in the late innings, Beliveau has a role with the team and we will have to see how he does.