The Rays have claimed left-handed reliever Wesley Wright off waivers from the Houston Astros.
[UPDATE] To make room for Wright, the Rays have demoted Josh Lueke according to Roger Mooney of TBO.com.
Wright has spent all or part of each of the last six seasons with the Astros. This season he has a 3.92 ERA (4.06 FIP) in 54 appearances with 40 strikeouts and 16 walks in 41.1 innings.
Wright will join the team tomorrow against the Mariners. A corresponding move has not yet been announced. However, the Rays currently have just 11 pitchers and an extra player on the bench. Unless there is an injury we are unaware of, Ryan Roberts could be sent down. Another possibility is to send Josh Lueke back to Durham.
The Rays will also have to make room for both Matt Moore and Alex Cobb, both of whom are expected to be activated this week.
Wright is making $1.025 million this season in his first year of arbitration eligibility.