Rays recall Lueke to bolster 'pen

Rays recall Lueke to bolster 'pen

TORONTO -- The Rays recalled right-hander Josh Lueke from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday to make room on their 25-man roster after placing Jeff Niemann on the 15-day disabled list.

Lueke, who has appeared in two games for the Rays this season, was needed after the Rays used six relievers to win Monday's contest against the Blue Jays.

"We needed some help in the bullpen today, just in case," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He'll give us some length today if it's necessary. There will be several guys that should not be able to play today. So it was important that we did do that. Josh is here to help out in any way we deem necessary tonight."

Lueke is eager to make the most of the opportunity and said his splitter is coming around and that he's made some tweaks to his slider.

"The second time up is always a little bit better, nerves a little bit less," Lueke said. "Really, I just need to focus on getting ahead with strike one, because that's my biggest downfall. I've been getting behind way too many hitters."