The 26-year-old's May tally was up to 16 innings and 248 pitches after Monday's extended appearance against the Marlins, when he recorded 54 offerings over just a pair of frames. Ramirez leads all relievers in the majors with 31.1 innings pitched, 16 appearances of one-plus innings, and 10 outings encompassing at least two innings. Although he reported feeling "okay" on Tuesday following the extra duty Monday, he also conceded that the soreness was more comparable to that of what he's typically felt after a start. Ramirez's ability to eat up innings has been particularly valuable in the Rays' makeshift bullpen during the season's early going, but he sees the need to be a bit more prudent about how much work he's willing to take on, for both his and the team's sake. "Don't try to be the hero of the team because I could get injured, and that is going to be worse," Ramirez said. "Worse for me, anyway, because they can call anyone up to replace me, but I've got to be careful about my arm." The veteran reliever is expected to be available again Thursday, after receiving Tuesday and Wednesday off.
It was a rare quiet outing for the veteran southpaw, who's endured a tough May. Eveland had given up at least one earned run in six of his prior seven appearances, a stretch that had seen his ERA climb almost a full four runs to 8.25. Despite the struggles-- which have included control problems as well-- the 32-year-old has been able to keep the strikeouts coming, as he's whiffed multiple batters in three of his last five trips to the mound. The scoreless inning Wednesday nudged Eveland's still-bloated ERA down to 7.62, a figure that's accompanied by an equally unsightly 1.92 WHIP.
After a rough first month of 2016 (0-3 with a 6.97 ERA), Allen has been lights out in May (0.73 ERA and perfect in save chances). He's on pace to record a career-high 40 saves this season.
While the ratios were nice at Triple-A, Neal gives up a ton of contact, and it's often hard contact. He let Adam Lind hit a pair of homers, including a three-run job that capped off a six-run third inning to put the game out of reach. It's hard to imagine the A's rolling him out again in the near future unless they really get desperate in the rotation -- Neal has posted nice ratios in Triple-A, but hardly strikes out anyone, a profile that doesn't generally play in the majors.
The 29-year-old hurled his longest outing of the season, but it wasn't enough to lead New York to the win. Nova has moved between the bullpen and the rotation, and has a 2.74 ERA with a 1-1 record as a starter this year. He will face Toronto in his next start Monday.
Furbush threw a simulated inning last Thursday, and has since dealt with soreness in his shoulder. As a a result, the Mariners have opted to pause his recovery. Furbush is optimistic about the setback, and does not expect to miss more than a couple of days.
Jarrod Dyson hit the double with one out in the ninth, but Jepsen still looked comfortable with his two-run lead. He retired the next two batters on a groundout and strikeout. Perhaps Jepsen can built upon the success from this outing moving forward. He has earned four saves since taking over for the injured Glen Perkins, but Jepsen also has three blown saves and a 5.59 ERA.
Making his third start of the year, Gee really struggled, giving up two home runs to the first two batters of the game. He worked into the fifth, but yielded another bomb on the last pitch he threw and didn't record an out in the frame. The Twins had multiple base runners against Gee in four of the five innings he worked. He will try and correct these mistakes before his next scheduled start Monday against the Rays.
Manager John Gibbons hinted at Loup's return Wednesday, saying that he could be the player who joins the roster when the Blue Jays decide to go back to a seven-man bullpen. The left-hander hasn't allowed a run in two rehab appearances with Triple-A Buffalo, so he seems to be back in good health. There hasn't been any official move yet, but there is some speculation that Loup could be activated within the next few days.
The 27-year-old reliever will take his act to a new setting, and could be in line for at least one more appearance over the weekend with the Biscuits. Boxberger has generated mixed results to date in his four prior trips to the mound with High-A Charlotte and Triple-A Durham, giving up two runs over 3.2 innings, but also striking out six. If the Rays are satisfied with Wednesday's performance, there's a chance that it could be the rehab outing for the closer before rejoining the big league club.