Rays Jeff Beliveau Happy For Opportunity

Jeff Beliveau Plans To Do Laundry And Get Into A Routine

The Tampa Bay Rays made a roster move prior to this evenings game against the Milwaukee Brewer activating reliever Joel Peralta and designating lefty Erik Bedard for assignment.

In the past several seasons any time a roster spot was opened in the bullpen reliever Jeff Beliveau would be the man to take the shuttle back to Triple-A Durham.

As a matter of fact Beliveau has been added to the Rays roster nine times since he joined the organization in mid-April of the  2013 season (purchased from the Texas Rangers).

He was selected in the 18th round of the 2008 draft by the Chicago Cubs and made his major league debut with them on July 22, 2012. He picked his only major league decision with the Cubs on September 16, 2012 being credited with the win in a Cubs 16-9 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was put on waivers by the Cubs following the 2012 season and picked up by the Texas Rangers.

The 27 year old appeared in 38 games with the Bulls in 2013 striking out 76 batters in 44.1 innings of work while posting an ERA of just 2.62 (13ER/44.2IP). He’s been even better with them in 2014 appearing in 30 games striking out 51 batters in his 36 innings of work while posting an ERA of 1.50 (6ER/36IP).

He has appeared in five games with the Rays this year logging six scoreless innings and striking out six batters. He is happy for the opportunity to actually get some laundry done and more importantly is grateful for the chance to pitch in the major leagues.

In years past the Rays have added bullpen arms (Chad Qualls, Jesse Crain) at the trade deadline and may once again turn their focus to adding a bullpen arm between now and Thursday’s trade deadline.

If they are able to acquire that extra arm Beliveau once again may find himself returning to Durham but for now he’ll have an opportunity to log innings until then.

 

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