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Rays add lefty Beliveau to bolster bullpen

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Rays add lefty Beliveau to bolster bullpen

NEW YORK -- The Rays called up left-hander Jeff Beliveau on Tuesday to replace shortstop Yunel Escobar, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder soreness late after Monday night's game.

Beliveau made two appearances for the Rays in April, throwing two scoreless innings, but he hasn't been with the club since he was sent down to Triple-A Durham on April 13.

In 26 appearances for the Durham Bulls, the southpaw has a 1.10 ERA with 10 saves and has given up just four runs over 32 2/3 innings.

"Beliveau's been doing really, really well," said manager Joe Maddon. "We've been hearing nothing but good things about him, too. The guys that have come up here have really helped us a lot. Is it going to be short term? I'm not sure exactly. I think once our bullpen gets in order again, if we want to reconsider, we can."

The Rays have been short a bench player for the last week, but Maddon has been happy with the combination of Logan Forsythe and Brandon Guyer in right field helping in matchup situations. Maddon believes Beliveau also aids a tired bullpen.

"We really thought after the bullpen usage the last couple of days we needed to bolster that a bit," said Maddon. "We thought with [Escobar] going on the DL, that for right now especially, we needed to bolster the bullpen."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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