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.