Returns of Peralta, Farnsworth to boost 'pen

Returns of Peralta, Farnsworth to boost 'pen

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays' bullpen could be getting a major boost as soon as Saturday.

Righty Joel Peralta is scheduled to return from his eight-game suspension, while Kyle Farnsworth, who has been on the disabled list since the beginning of the season, may be ready to return from a right elbow strain.

Peralta, who was suspended because of excessive pine tar on his glove, said he felt good facing hitters before Thursday's game and is eager to play.

"This has been the longest eight days of my career," Peralta said. "I'm out of the game for eight days, and I'm just going to come back and try to do my best. That's all I can do, that's all I want to do."

Farnsworth, meanwhile, was back in the Rays' clubhouse after making a pair of rehab appearances with Triple-A Durham on Tuesday and Wednesday. His fastball reached 96 mph, but he said he was more encouraged with his breaking ball.

"I feel like I'm throwing pretty good, about as good as I'm going to get right now," Farnsworth said.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Fernando Rodney, who has handled the closer's role this season, will continue to pitch in save situations.