The Rays optioned right-handed pitcher Matt Andriese to Triple-A Durham to make room for McGee on the roster. Andriese started three games this season for Tampa Bay, going 0-1 with a 4.79 ERA and also saved two games.
McGee has not played this season after undergoing arthroscopic left elbow surgery in December. He was on a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A after the elbow injury put him on the disabled list. In four games with Durham, McGee gave up two hits, struck out five and walked two in four innings.
In 2014, McGee recorded career bests in saves, ERA, appearances and innings after taking over the closer’s role late in the season. He posted a 5-2 record with a 1.89 ERA and 19 saves in 23 opportunities.
Tampa Bay’s bullpen is tied for the major league lead in saves and has a eight victories as a staff this season.
- Scooby Axson