The Rays waited out Juan Carlos Oviedo’s rehab from Tommy John surgery in hopes that he would emerge as a valuable piece in their bullpen this season, but he was designated for assignment this afternoon in order to make way for Jeremy Hellickson’s return from the minors.
After missing all of 2013, Oviedo has posted a 3.69 ERA and 26/16 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings this season. The 32-year-old made himself expendable by allowing 10 runs over his last 15 appearances. He’s owed a little under $750,000 for the remainder of the season, so somebody could take a chance on him the rest of the way.
Hellickson was optioned to Double-A prior to the All-Star break in order to stay fresh, but he’ll return to start tonight against the Red Sox. Sidelined for most of the year following February elbow surgery, the 27-year-old allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings in his season debut against the Royals on July 8.
Red Sox DH Hanley Ramirez announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he underwent surgery — left shoulder arthroscopy and debridement, per Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the operation is considered relatively minor.
Ramirez, 33, has been dealing with shoulder issues for a while, which explains his lackluster regular season numbers. He hit .242/.320/.429 with 23 home runs, 62 RBI, and 58 runs scored in 553 plate appearances. He turned things on in the postseason, though, racking up eight hits in 15 trips to the plate in the ALDS against the Astros.
Ramirez should be good to go heading into spring training. He has one more guaranteed year left on his contract at $22 million and has a vesting option for the 2019 season worth another $22 million.
Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez also had surgery, Britton reports. The procedure was right knee patellofemoral ligament reconstruction and it was performed by Dr. James Andrews. Rodriguez has a six-month timetable, which Britton estimates will allow him to make his 2018 regular season debut around the All-Star break.
Rodriguez, 24, posted a 4.19 ERA with a 150/50 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings this past season. He’ll be entering his first of four years of arbitration eligibility this offseason.