Beliveau, Colome optioned; Archer brought up

Beliveau, Colome optioned; Archer brought up

CLEVELAND -- With a bullpen Rays manager Joe Maddon termed "weary," Tampa Bay promoted left-hander Jeff Beliveau to the big league squad and optioned Alex Colome to Triple-A on Friday.

But following Friday's contest that was delayed nearly five hours by three rain delays, Beliveau, who wasn't one of the four Rays pitchers used, returned to Triple-A Durham to make room on the roster for Saturday's starter, Chris Archer.

Colome dazzled in his Major League debut on Thursday, when he limited the Marlins to one unearned run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts in a 5-2 victory.

Beliveau's arrival temporarily provided some much-desired insurance for a fatigued crop of relievers. Prior to Friday's affair, closer Fernando Rodney had pitched each of the last four days, and seven of the last 10. Joel Peralta had appeared in five of the team's last six games.

Maddon avoided using Rodney, Peralta and Jake McGee in Friday's contest, as the Rays notched their sixth straight win.

"When you're going well, you're going to utilize a lot of your bullpen to do that," Maddon said. "When you're going poorly, that's when guys get rest. That's how those things tend to work out. We've had a nice little run going."

The Rays acquired Beliveau from the Rangers in mid-April. He made 22 appearances out of the Cubs' bullpen in 2012, when he compiled a 4.58 ERA over 17 2/3 innings.

Zack Meisel is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @zackmeisel. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.