Rays to employ bullpen by committee approach

Rays to employ bullpen by committee approach

Rays to employ bullpen by committee approach
ST. PETERSBURG -- Kyle Farnsworth left Saturday's 6-5 win over the Red Sox with inflammation in his right elbow. In light of that development, the club has decided to have him rest for two days before deciding on the pitcher's fate the rest of the season.

While manager Joe Maddon is optimistic about Farnsworth's return, the prospect of how the team will manage save situations in his absence is now a question mark and reminiscent of the 2008 season, when closer Troy Percival injured his shoulder.

"We had Danny [Wheeler] and Trevor [Miller] on the left side," Maddon said. "[Grant] Balfour, [J.P.] Howell, Chad Bradford [on the right side]. It was just trying to mix and match. You can't even say that group had more experience [than this season's]. Then we threw David [Price] out there at the end. It wasn't a really an overly experienced group, either."

Could Joel Peralta pick up most of the slack in Farnsworth's absence?

"Probably in a perfect world, perfect game, where everything played out, you'd probably see him in the ninth," said Maddon, "but I'm not going to run away from him in the eighth."

Maddon said he also would be receptive to the idea of using left-handed starters Alex Torres and Mike Moore in the bullpen if either is called up.