Monday May 30th, 2016

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The Tampa Bay Rays have activated All-Star reliever Brad Boxberger for the first time this season, the team announced Sunday. 

Pitcher Ryan Webb has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right pectoral to make room for Boxberger on the 25-man roster.

Boxberger has been out since spring training after undergoing surgery to repair a torn adductor brevis, which is a muscle in the thigh.

The 28-year-old has made six rehab starts at the Double A level, pitching 5 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts and two runs allowed.

“Everything feels 100 percent,” Boxberger said, according to “I feel like I’m where I need [to be] in order to get big league guys out.”

Boxberger earned his first trip to the All-Star game in 2015, finishing the season with 41 saves.

He is expected to regain the closer role, which is currently held by Alex Colome. 


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