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62 Joel Peralta RP
Height/Weight: 5-11/210 | Birthdate: 3/23/1976 | Birthplace: Bonao, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: Ventura Coll. CA (J.C.) | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $3,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 3/1 | Average Draft Position: 267.91
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Joel Peralta back with Rays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Veteran right-hander Joel Peralta has been activated off the disabled list by the Rays.

Peralta was on the DL only for one week with an illness. He has not pitched since July 12. He hopes to pick up his performance level upon his return. He has allowed five earned runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings pitched.


Joel Peralta begins Class A rehab assignment Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Rays pitcher Joel Peralta gave up one hit and struck out one in an inning of work in his first rehab appearance with high Class A Charlotte.

Peralta was placed on the disabled list Tuesday due to an illness, but he hasn't pitched at all in the second half. He's eligible to return to the Rays Monday. Peralta owns a 4.15 ERA and 44:12 K:BB ratio in 39 innings.


Joel Peralta hits DL with illness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) The Rays placed Joel Peralta on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, as a result of an illness.

Peralta is believed to have contracted the illness over the All-Star break, and has been too ill to pitch since. The DL move is retroactive to July 13, though it is not clear when exactly he is expected back. 


Report: Joel Peralta fighting mosquito-borne virus


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Rays reliever Joel Peralta is believed to have the chikungunya virus, which is transferred by mosquitoes in Caribbean countries, reports the Tampa Tribune. The symptoms can last up to a week, so the team might put him on the disabled list.

Peralta went home to the Dominican Republic over the All-Star break and believes he contracted the virus there, the paper said. He was feverish and achy and too sick to pitch all weekend.


Joel Peralta dealing with illness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Rays reliever Joel Peralta was unavailable out of the bullpen on Sunday because of an illness, manager Joe Maddon told the Tampa Bay Times following a 5-3 win over the Twins. The right-hander has not appeared in a game since the All-Star break. Peralta owns a 4.15 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over 39 innings of relief this season. 

Rays relievers find a way to blow game Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Rays reliever Joel Peralta and Kirby Yates combined to blow the game Wednesday against the Royals.

Peralta was called upon for the save situation, but struggled to record outs. Jarrod Dyson led of the inning with a single, and managed to steal both second and third. Peralta was able to record an out before walking Eric Hosmer.

Peralta was removed for Kirby Yates, who stepped on the mound to face Salvador Perez. Perez smacked a three-run go-ahead home run during the at-bat. Peralta was charged with two of the three runs, while Yates was tagged with the loss. 


New pitcher enters Rays closer mix


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/3/2014) Two days after their primary setup man, Joel Peralta, blew a save and one day after their former closer, Grant Balfour, recorded his 11th, the Rays turned to Brad Boxberger in the ninth inning of a three-run game Wednesday.

All this coming off a weekend when Jake McGee appeared to lock up the role.

Frankly, if the Rays prefer not to confine their top lefty to the ninth inning, I'm not sure Boxberger isn't the best choice. He has closer stuff and, after struggling with his control in previous stints in the majors, appears to have harnessed it. In 31 appearances, he has a 2.87 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

What more could you want from a closer?

Of course, McGee's numbers are even better, and Joe Maddon clearly hasn't turned the page from Balfour yet. Juan Carlos Oviedo has gotten a save since the Rays went closer by committee and also has experience in the role. Something tells me that if the Rays haven't settled on any one pitcher yet, Boxberger's save Wednesday doesn't change that.

But you shouldn't dismiss him as just a fringe candidate either. He's a contender to fill the role full-time.


Joel Peralta surrenders home run in blown save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Rays pitcher Joel Peralta blew a save opportunity by serving up a solo home run in the ninth inning of his team's 4-3, 12-inning win over the Yankees Monday.

Peralta retired the other three batters he faced but couldn't come through with his second save of the season. He owns a 4.11 ERA and 39:11 K:BB ratio in 35 innings.


A look at the Rays closer situation


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/9/2014) Though in the immediate aftermath of Grant Balfour's five-run implosion against the Mariners Sunday, manager Joe Maddon suggested he would stick with the right-hander as his closer, he relented Monday and announced he would go by committee beginning Monday.

His goal is for Balfour to get his confidence back, which means Balfour himself is probably part of that committee. Of course, to win back the job, he'll have to pitch better, and to pitch better, he'll have to stop walking so many batters. Easier said than done.

So even though Balfour appears to be the Rays reliever to own still, you shouldn't ignore the other possibilities in leagues where saves are scarce.

Jake McGee is the most exciting possibility with his 1.59 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 30 appearances, but since he's also the Rays' primary left-hander, they'll probably want to keep using him situationally rather than confine him to the ninth inning. Granted, the Athletics took that approach with Sean Doolittle at first before ultimately deciding it wasn't worth giving away games. My hope is the Rays will come to the same conclusion.

Otherwise, they're looking at Juan Carlos Oviedo or Joel Peralta. Peralta has been a fine setup man for years and has rebounded from a poor start, giving up just two earned runs in his last 14 appearances. Oviedo might be the better bet of the two, though. He spent three seasons as the Marlins closer back when he was known as Leo Nunez.


Three more Rays could get save opportunities


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) With Grant Balfour no longer the Rays' exclusive closer, Juan Carlos Oviedo, Joel Peralta and Jake McGee all could get save opportunities, reports MLB.com. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he wants to get Balfour "some successful moments" so he can rebuild confidence.


Joel Peralta escapes rough outing with relief win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Rays pitcher Joel Peralta struggled on Sunday against Boston, but somehow managed to escape his outing with a relief win despite getting a blown save.

Peralta surrendered a two-run home run to Jonny Gomes in the seventh to tie the game. The Rays scored five runs in the bottom of the frame and never looked back. He was charged with two runs on three hits and no walks while striking out one in one inning of work. He owns a 5.24 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP in 22 1/3 innings of relief.

Assessing possible Grant Balfour replacements


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/23/2014) Grant Balfour blew his second save Thursday in exactly the way you'd expect. His control problems just aren't going away. With two more walks in that game he's up to 18 in 18 1/3 innings -- an unacceptable rate for any pitcher in any role.

Though the Rays haven't suggested it, they could be on the verge of making a change. Sure, Balfour has an excellent track record and is making more than the Rays are accustomed to paying any reliever, closer or otherwise. But considering they're 20-28 and already in last place, the threat of him costing them games may ultimately win out.

Most Fantasy owners will probably look to Jake McGee as the replacement, and he would certainly be a good fit in the role with a 1.33 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings. But because he throws left-handed, the Rays may not want to confine him to the ninth inning. They've been reluctant to have him close in the past.

So who else? Joel Peralta is the eighth-inning guy and has filled in as closer before, recording six saves in 2011, but he hasn't been especially reliable this year. A dark horse could be Juan Carlos Oviedo, who served as Marlins closer for three seasons under the name Leo Nunez. Making his return from Tommy John surgery this year, he has a 1.84 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 13 appearances.


Joel Peralta pitches scoreless inning in return Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Rays pitcher Joel Peralta pitched a scoreless seventh inning in his team's 3-0 loss to the Orioles Wednesday.

It was Peralta's first action since April 8 as he's been suffering from an illness. He owns a 4.15 ERA and 4:2 K:BB ratio in 4 1/3 innings this season.


Joel Peralta unsure if he's available Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) Rays pitcher Joel Peralta is unsure if he's available to pitch Monday, according to the Tampa Tribune

Peralta is dealing with an illness, but said he's feeling better. He said he won't know if he can appear in Monday's game until after he throws prior to game time. It sounds like Peralta will wind up being a game time decision.


Joel Peralta sidelined by illness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) Rays manager Joe Maddon said reliever Joel Peralta continues to deal with an illness and might not be available Sunday against the Reds, per the Tampa Bay Times. Peralta has not pitched since Tuesday.

Joel Peralta tosses 13 pitches in minor-league game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Rays reliever Joel Peralta tossed 13 pitches in a minor-league game Thursday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

It was the first time Peralta pitched since leaving Saturday's game with a stiff neck. Peralta said it's the best he's felt all spring. He posted a 3.41 ERA in 71 1/3 innings last year.


Joel Peralta ready to pitch again after missing a few days


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Rays reliever Joel Peralta, who has been sidelined for a few days with neck stiffness, said he is scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game Wednesday, per The Tampa Tribune.

Three injured Rays players could be back early this week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Rays manager Joe Maddon is confident Ben Zobrist (neck), Joel Peralta (neck) and David DeJesus (right-side soreness) are dealing with minor injuries.

"They're all good," Maddon said, per MLB.com. "There's nothing serious with any of them. I have not heard anything. If there was anything really bad, [head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield] would have called me by now. All three of them should be back in action early this week. I don't see anything horrible."

Maddon said Zobrist is scheduled to play Monday and "could have played yesterday" if he was needed.

"He's not bad," Maddon said. "Peralta, when he reached for the ball [hit back at the mound], it wasn't a throw it was a reach that caused the moment. And Ronnie assured me yesterday that DeJesus was going to be fine by the beginning of this week, too."


Joel Peralta dealing with a sore neck


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Rays pitcher Joel Peralta is dealing with a sore neck, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Peralta will attempt to play catch, and gauge his status after the throwing session. Peralta doesn't expect the injury to be a long-term thing. He was removed from Saturday's game due to neck issues.

Peralta posted a 3.41 ERA in 71 1/3 innings last year.


Joel Peralta taken out of game with possible shoulder issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) Rays veteran right-hander Joel Peralta was removed early from his Saturday stint with an apparent shoulder problem, per the Tampa Bay Times, which has reported that he was flexing his shoulder in the dugout after leaving the game. The team has yet to release a statement about his status.

Rays might open season with closer-by-committee approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) With Fernando Rodney still on the free-agent market, the Rays are on track to open spring training and potentially the beginning of the season without an anointed closer. Though, the Rays have plenty of options, including Heath BellJoel PeraltaJuan Carlos OviedoJake McGee and Alex Torres.

While the Rays might start the season with a closer-by-committee approach, pitching coach Jim Hickey believes one pitcher should eventually emerge with the closer's role.

"The last couple of seasons, we had the ninth-inning guy, and that's what everyone would prefer. I know I would prefer that," Hickey said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "That will probably end up being the case this year, although it may not be clear for at least a few weeks into the season. Whether it's Heath Bell, Peralta, Jake McGee … Alex Torres might end up being the guy. The thing I'm very comfortable with is that we have four or five guys we trust late in the game when the game is on the line. It's a pretty good situation overall."

Though, it seems to be Hickey believes Bell might be the best candidate for the job.

"The biggest question for me about a ninth-inning guy is can he handle it mentally? Can he handle it intestinally?" Hickey said. "And the fact (Bell) has been there, done that for a number of years answers that, as it did with Fernando. You know he's capable of doing that; he's not going to be afraid of the moment."


Joel Peralta unavailable Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2013) Rays manager Joe Maddon indicated that relief pitcher Joel Peralta is unavailable for Friday's game agianst the Indians. Peralta has pitched in five of the last six days, throwing a total of 49 pitches in his last two appearances on May 28 and May 30.

Peralta owns a 2.08 ERA and 28:11 K:BB ratio in 26 innings.


Joel Peralta picks up four-out save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2013) With closer Fernando Rodney unavailable, Rays setup man Joel Peralta picked up his first save of the season Friday night against the Orioles.

Peralta needed just 16 pitches as he retired the last four batters to secure a 12-10 victory. He has struck out three and has not allowed a run in his last 5 1/3 innings of relief.

Rays to give Fernando Rodney rest after busy WBC


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2013) Rays closer Fernando Rodney pitched in all eight Dominican Republic games in the World Baseball Classic and, as a result, will be given five to six days off to rest, manager Joe Maddon told the Tampa Tribune.

Maddon also added that the team will have to monitor Rodney's workload this season. "So, do we keep more of an eye on him or do you just parcel out his work a little bit more in the beginning? I don't know," Maddon said. "Does it really benefit him during the course of the year somehow? Does it get us off to a better start? I don't know. But I think long range, by the end of the season, you almost have to count these appearances to the total number, so you have to really watch August and September."

Save speculators in deeper fantasy leagues should consider rostering setup men Joel Peralta and Jake McGee, as both could be in line for save chances throughout the year should Maddon decide to limit Rodney's innings in any way.


Peralta showing no neck issues


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2013) Rays relief pitcher Joel Peralta completed a 25-pitch bullpen session Monday without any troubles with his neck, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Peralta has been dealing with stiffness in his neck since the past weekend, but was not in danger of missing opening day.