Rays Option Starting Pitcher Ryan Yarbrough to Durham
By Jason Willis
After a rough outing against the Chicago White Sox, the Rays have optioned pitcher Ryan Yarbrough to Durham. Currently, Yarbrough owns an ERA of 5.65. Through 28.2 innings, he has allowed 34 hits and a WHIP of 1.53.
In the aforementioned start against the White Sox, he only pitched 1.2 innings allowing eight hits and six runs. He would take the loss which would drop his season record to 1-6. These struggles were a continuation of similar struggles that he found in 2020 where he had an ERA of 5.11. His biggest struggles came in the walk department where he averaged 3.1 walks per nine innings pitched.
Acquired by trade in 2017, the Rays will hope Yarbrough can find himself again in AAA. After all, he had an ERA of 3.56 just two years ago.
In a corresponding move, Tampa Bay has recalled right-hander Luke Bard. Through 15 games with the Bulls, Bard has a 2.81 ERA to go along with eighteen strikeouts ad just three walks. He will get a chance to prove himself on the main roster but could also be sent back down when Shane Baz is ready to return.