July 13, 2019
Tampa Bay Rays – The Rays activated Diego Castillo from the IL on Friday, with Chaz Roe replacing Castillo on an IL that already includes Jose Alvarado. Kevin Cash said that Castillo and Emilio Pagan will see the highest-leverage chances going forward. Meanwhile, Jose Alvarado is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks due to a right oblique strain.
Updated hierarchy: *Pagan | Castillo | Poche.
* = closer-by-committee
Atlanta Braves – The Braves welcomed Anthony Swarzak back to their bullpen on Friday after a brief IL stint. Swarzak has posted a 0.52 ERA in 17 appearances with the Braves, including 12 scoreless innings in June.
Updated hierarchy: Jackson | Swarzak | Minter.
Los Angeles Angels — Last night when all the Angels were wearing number 45 in honor of Tyler Skaggs, Felix Pena delivered an inspired relief performance after taking over in the third inning. He threw seven scoreless and hitless innings to earn a combined no-hitter with opener Taylor Cole. Pena only gave up one walk while striking out six before an emotional tribute to Skaggs, in what will surely go down as one of the most memorable moments of the season.
Hierarchy remains: Skaggs | Skaggs | Skaggs.
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Jeremy Jeffress — Josh Hader threw two innings last night and may get tonight off.
1. Anthony Swarzak — Luke Jackson threw 21 pitches last night, so a long appearance today would keep him out on Sunday.
2. Ryan Pressly — Roberto Osuna threw 24 pitches in a loss last night. Another long outing would earn him a rest on Sunday.