Jose Alvarado activated by Rays, Austin Pruitt optioned

Lefty has been on injured list since early July with oblique strain, that after missing two months for personal reasons.
ALLIE GOULDING   |   TimesTampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado (46) leaves the mound at the top of the seventh inning against New York Yankees on Saturday, July 06, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
ALLIE GOULDING | TimesTampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado (46) leaves the mound at the top of the seventh inning against New York Yankees on Saturday, July 06, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
Published August 13

Hard-throwing lefty Jose Alvarado rejoins the Rays Tuesday with a chance to put a good finish on what has been something of a lost season.

Austin Pruitt, who worked four solid innings and got the W in Monday’s 10-4 victory over the Padres, was optioned back to Triple-A, ending his eighth stint of the season with the Rays.

Alvarado has been on the injured list since July 7 with an oblique strain.

That occurred in his fourth game back after rejoining the team following a two-month absence for personal reasons that he said involved attending to the health of his mother in Venezuela.

Before that, he didn’t pitch particularly well overall, posting a 3.09 ERA while converting six of eight saves with an 0-4 record.

Alvarado has made five rehab appearances, the last four at Triple-A Durham, with a 2.45 ERA, logging three strikeouts and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.

With Jalen Beeks and Ryan Yarbrough handling starter/bulk inning duties, Alvarado’s return gives the Rays a second lefty in the bullpen to go with rookie Colin Poche, though righty Oliver Drake has been used to face some lefties.




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