Beliveau optioned after enduring wild travel day

Beliveau optioned after enduring wild travel day

CLEVELAND -- Jeff Beliveau jokingly sent fellow pitcher Chris Archer a text on Friday night, telling him that he could pitch the 10th inning of Tampa Bay's contest against the Indians.

Beliveau, who had been promoted to the big league squad earlier in the day, had his flight to Cleveland delayed. Little did he know that his teammates were also in a holding pattern.

Beliveau's original flight was scheduled to depart Raleigh-Durham at 2:30 p.m. ET, but the plane had a faulty tire, and the airline had to have a replacement shipped in. As a result, he was delayed for five hours.

Meanwhile, a trio of rain stoppages pushed back the majority of the Friday's series opener until after midnight. Beliveau ended up jumping on a 20-minute flight from Raleigh-Durham to Charlotte before catching another flight that left for Cleveland at 8 p.m.

When he finally landed in northeast Ohio, Beliveau assumed that the Rays had finished their game. Then he turned on his phone.

"Chris Archer texted me and said, 'Hey man, you're still going to pitch. We still haven't gotten past the second inning,'" Beliveau said. "So I rushed my way in a cab [to the ballpark]."

Beliveau didn't pitch in Friday's tilt, which ended at 2:53 a.m. on Saturday. Following the contest, he was optioned back to Triple-A Durham to make room for Archer, who made his season debut atop the hill on Saturday. Beliveau had an afternoon flight scheduled to return to Durham.

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