After a brief stay in the minors, Sturdevant will add some depth in the bullpen after the Rays were forced to use five relievers Wednesday. The 30-year-old reliever can pitch multiple innings, but is unlikely to take the mound in many high-leverage situations.
Dyson had been a bit shaky entering Wednesday, carrying an August ERA of 5.00 and allowing earned runs in each of his two prior appearances, one of which was a blown save. Dyson has struck out 41 hitters over 57.1 innings in 2016, a noticeable decline in strikeout rate from 2015 where he struck out 71 over 75.1 innings. Yet his ERA remains nearly identical, up just a touch to 2.83 from 2.63.
Gee was cruising through five innings Wednesday, allowing just one hit and no runs entering the sixth, when the trouble began. After retiring the first batter, Gee allowed four consecutive singles that plated two runs before he was removed after just 76 pitches, 50 of them for strikes. Marcell Ozuna then hit a sacrifice fly to tag Gee with his third earned run of the night. It was somewhat of an unfortunately loss for Gee, who pitched well and did not surrender a single extra-base hit while his team was shutout by fireballer Jose Fernandez. Gee now has a 4.55 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.
Betances is now 6-for-6 in save chances since taking over as the team's closer at the beginning of the month. He's allowed just one run in 10 appearances while striking out 19 over 10 innings in August. The 28-year-old has emerged as one of the top closers to own down the stretch run of the fantasy season.
The 25-year-old had been on a rehab assignment since early August as he worked his way back from a toe injury that had sidelined him since the end of spring training. He threw 5.0 total innings during his rehab assignment, allowing five earned runs on eight hits while striking out four.
Davis has been throwing bullpen sessions throughout the month since landing on the disabled list toward the end of July, and it appears he's getting close to a return. He'll likely require a few rehab appearances, but the team's closer seems set to reprise his role by the start of September, with Kelvin Herrera continuing to fill in at the back end of the bullpen in the meantime.
Bedrosian initially landed on the disabled list with finger tendinitis, but there's some speculation now that there could be other lingering issues plaguing him. The righty has now served the minimum 15 days on the DL and would be eligible to return whenever he's ready, but he has yet to resume throwing and remains without a timetable, so it's unclear when he'll return to the mound.
Smith underwent Tommy John surgery in May, and this would represent the first round of activity since then. The reliever will still likely need to miss a portion of the 2017 season, but if he is indeed able to begin throwing before the end of this season, it will allow the 26-year-old to continue ramping up the activity level as he progresses over the offseason.
Sipp now has allowed six earned runs over six innings pitched in August and his ERA has jumped from 4.71 to 5.45 in that span. He has the second highest WHIP (1.64) on the team amongst pitchers who have appeared in at least 10 games and his 2.9 HR:9 makes him very unreliable from a fantasy perspective.
They young righty reliever has a 4.11 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 65:26 K:BB in 46 innings in the Pacific Coast League this year. The strikeout rate is awfully impressive, but his lack of command and control figures to limit him to low-leverage usage with the A's.