Kyle Farnsworth has been designated for assignment by the Rays and Josh Lueke has been called up from Durham to take his spot according to Marc Topkin of TampaBay.com.
Farnsworth was struggling in his third season with the Rays. In 39 appearances he had a 5.76 ERA (4.33 FIP) and his strikeout rate was way down to 5.8 per 9 innings. He struck out 8.0 per 9 innings in 2011 and 8.3 per 9 innings last year.
When the Rays signed Farnsworth, we wondered aloud why they gave him a 2-year deal. The second year was a risk. Stretching it to three years was a disaster waiting to happen.
The Rays re-signed Farnsworth this season to a 1-year, $1.25 million contract after making $3.3 million each of the last two seasons.
Lueke was having a dominant season in triple-A. In 24 appearances, he had a 0.72 ERA and 70 strikeouts with just 14 walks in 50 innings.