On June 20, Seth McClung was demoted to Durham after going 2-10 with a 6.81 ERA in 15 starts. In Durham, McClung was converted to a reliever and given the chance to be the future closer for the Devil Rays. Seth took to his new role well dominating International League hitters to the tune of 26 strikeouts and only 2 walks in 16.1 innings of work. He converted 5 save opportunities. The performance has earned McClung another opportunity with the Devil Rays only this time he will be in the bullpen. There has been no word yet from Joe Maddon on McClung’s role with the Rays, but Brian Meadows has made it clear that he does not relish his current role as team’s closer. Given that, McClung may be given the opportunity to close games for the rest of this season with an eye on winning the job in 2007. Tyler Walker will not be ready at the start of next season and Shinji Mori will be returning from a serious injury. The closer role for 2007 is very much up in the air, and McClung may be given the first opportunity to grab it.
With Haper hurt, converted McClung returns. [St. Pete Times]