ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays' pitching staff will get a boost Saturday night, but first they had to send two young relievers back to Triple-A Durham to clear room on the roster.
Right-hander Brandon Gomes and lefty Cesar Ramos were optioned after Friday night's 4-2 win over the Tigers, and Tampa Bay will make three roster moves prior to Saturday night's game against Detroit. Starter Jeremy Hellickson will be activated from the 15-day disabled list, reliever Kyle Farnsworth will come off the 60-day DL and reliever Joel Peralta will return after serving an eight-game suspension for using pine tar.
"They're at the point now where they know that they belong here," Rays manager Joe Maddon said of Gomes and Ramos. "They know that they can pitch here and be successful. It's tough."
This was Gomes' third stint in the Majors this season, and it lasted only a week. He owns a 6.94 ERA and 1.97 WHIP in 11 2/3 innings, but he had been pitching well recently before giving up four runs on four hits and two walks while recording only one out Tuesday in Kansas City.
Ramos will return to Durham for the first time since being recalled May 6. He put together a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 11 appearances spanning 20 2/3 innings.
"It's great to get the quality back that we're getting, but we've developed some really nice young relief pitchers," Maddon said. "And they're great guys. They fit here well. They're great teammates. I think in Spring Training, I spoke of our depth in the bullpen -- there it is."