Rays Designate Kyle Farnsworth For Assignment

The Rays recalled pitcher Josh Lueke from Triple A Durham and to make room on the 25 man roster they have designated pitcher Kyle Farnsworth for assignment.

On the year the 37 year old Farnsworth appeared in 39 games and posted a 2-0 record with a 5.76 ERA.

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times part of the reason he has been released may be his contract which was for $1.25M with the chance to earn an additional $1.65M based on incentives for games appeared in and games finished. He had already earned $200K – ($50K for appearing in 30 games and $150K for appearing in 35 game) and had he made one more appearance the Rays would have owed him an additional $150K.

Josh Lueke has appeared in 11 games with the Ray this year and has a record of 0-2 with a 3.75 ERA. He has struck out 15 hitters in his 12 innings of work but has struggled with his command issuing 8 non-intentional walks.

He has been spectacular with the Durham Bulls posting a 2-1 record with a 0.72 ERA (4ER/50IP) while striking out 70 and issuing 13 non-intentional walks.

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