Lueke sent to Triple-A; Torres called up

Lueke sent to Triple-A; Torres called up

CLEVELAND -- Josh Lueke was less than thrilled as he shook hands with teammates in the Rays' clubhouse at 3:30 a.m. ET following Friday's wet win against the Indians.

The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings, as four Tampa Bay hurlers combined for a one-hitter, but manager Joe Maddon revealed to Lueke after the contest that he would be headed to Triple-A Durham. Left-hander Alex Torres assumed his spot on the Major League roster.

Torres learned he was being promoted to the big league squad at about 3 a.m. ET on Saturday. He arrived at the airport in Raleigh-Durham around 5 a.m. after 90 minutes of sleep.

He was not to be deterred, however, as the Red Bull-fueled hurler tossed four scoreless innings in Saturday's 5-0 loss to Cleveland.

"My fastball command was great," Torres said. "I threw outside when I needed and inside when I needed. My changeup was working pretty well, too. I just made them swing the bat."

In nine appearances spanning 9 2/3 innings, Lueke compiled a 3.72 ERA, with 11 strikeouts. Before Saturday, Torres had logged 4 1/3 scoreless frames in two outings for the Rays this season, and the 25-year-old has posted a 3.52 ERA in nine starts for Durham.

Torres gives Tampa Bay some much-needed insurance in the bullpen. Relievers Fernando Rodney, Joel Peralta and Jake McGee were all unavailable for Friday's affair, and Maddon hesitated to use Kyle Farnsworth.

Jamey Wright and Cesar Ramos both pitched three innings in Friday's game. Rodney had the night off after pitching in the club's previous four contests. Peralta had appeared in five of the team's last six games prior to Friday.

"The whole thing was righted by Jamey Wright's performance," Maddon said about Friday's game. "That permitted [everything] to fall into place. He did a great job. Josh Lueke did a nice job, too. And how about Cesar, getting a three-inning save? I did not want to use Farnsworth if I didn't have to based on the potential for [Saturday] with the bullpen still being fatigued. So, what Cesar did was outstanding, but hats off to the entire group."

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.