Could The Rays Expand Casey Sadler’s Role To Include The Bulk Guy?

Could Rays Expand Sadler’s Role?

Rays <a rel=
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Casey Sadler during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, May 6, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

The Tampa Bay Rays are in a stretch where they will play 34 games in 34 days and 47 games in 48 days leading up to the All-Star break. They do have two off days built into that mix (June 3/June 24) but have a double-header against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park on June 8th.

It will be an all arms on deck period for the Rays who will have to be creative in filling the innings. Luckily, one thing the Rays are known for is being creative and expanding pitchers roles to meet their needs. Casey Sadler may be the next in line for an expanded role.

On Sunday morning the Rays sent Sadler to Triple-A and added Oliver Drake to the 40 man roster. To make room on the 40-man roster, Tampa Bay transferred Tyler Glasnow from the 10-day injured list tot he 60-day IL. He will not be eligible to return until after the All-Star break so scratch his return as being the pressure relief valve.

Jose De Leon is nearing the completion of his rehab from Tommy John surgery and will be an option to provide help but a lot will depend on whether the Rays feel he’s ready to dip his toes back into the MLB pool so soon after his rehab assignment ends. A 40-man roster move will be required when he wraps up his rehab stint.

Austin Pruitt (1-1, 6.80 ERA/8 appearances) and Jake Faria (4-1, 6.35 ERA/11 appearances) are both on the 40-man roster, but neither has shown much in Triple-A to trust at the big league level.

Brendan McKay is an option and was promoted to Durham after a stellar beginning of the season with the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (3-0, 1.30 ERA/8 starts). He will make his first start Tuesday for the Durham Bulls on Tuesday which would put him on an extra days rest to make the start against the Red Sox on June 8th. The Rays would have to make a 40-man roster move to add McKay to the roster.

Of course, the Rays front office will also be burning the phone lines to find a starter via the trade route, even if it is a Triple-A hurler in the mold of a Aaron Slegers type.

Could the Rays turn to Casey Sadler to be the bulk guy against the Boston Red Sox in the June 8th double-header in Fenway Park?

In parts of nine minor league seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Sadler made 94 starts, including eight during the 2018 season with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. As a starter with Indianapolis last season he posted a 3-3 mark with a 3.56 ERA (17ER/43IP).

In parts of nine minor league seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Sadler made 94 starts, including eight during the 2018 season with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. As a starter with Indianapolis he posted a 3-3 mark with a 3.56 ERA (17ER/43IP).

With Tampa Bay in 2019 he’s worked out of the ‘pen but each of his seven appearances he’s worked a minimum of two innings. He’s pitched to a 1.76 ERA (3ER/15.1IP). His pitch count has reached a high of 44 against the New York Yankees on May 19th and most recently he delivered 32 pitches against the Indians on Saturday night.

Tampa Bay could have him pitch in Durham on Wednesday in Louisville and get his pitch count up to 45-50. He could build his pitch count up to 50-60 against the Norfolk Tides on Monday June 3rd which would line him up to provide bulk against the Red Sox on June 8th.

He has experience as a starter and is on the 40-man roster. Plus, it would be a bonus for the Rays to have another arm stretched out while De Leon builds his strength and command, McKay gets his teeth cut in Triple-A, and Jake Faria and Austin Pruitt find themselves.

SHARE
I am a fan of all sports but am most passionate about baseball. From the fanatical to analytical, nothing about the game escapes me. Being born and raised in Northeast Ohio I'm very familiar with the heartache and pain that sports can bring and hope that I bring some understanding of the other side to my coverage. I will focus mostly on baseball but also cover the Tampa Bay Lightning, one of the most electric franchises in all of sports. Always willing to converse about any sport and have only one rule and that is be respectful at all times.