Richie ShafferThe Rays have demoted Richie Shaffer back to triple-A Durham and called up reliever Enny Romero, as first reported by Marc Topkin.

The Rays were already short an arm in the bullpen thanks to using a 4-man rotation during the recent stretch of off-days and then demoting Kirby Yates to activate Drew Smyly. Then, with Smyly getting knocked out early on Sunday, Alex Colome was needed to throw 3 innings which meant the Rays would have been down to five relievers instead of the more typical seven.

It is unclear if this is just a temporary situation or something more permanent. But based on the schedule it may not make much of a difference. Barring an injury, Shaffer must stay in the minors for 10 days. However, the Rays can also expand the roster to 40 players in 14 days. At the very least it is safe to say we will see Shaffer back on September 1 if not a few days earlier.

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  1. richfab4 says:

    ....i'm pretty sure Shaffer will return when the rosters expand....with the return of Desmond Jennings, and with him being a right-handed bat, there was going to be less opportunities to use Shaffer......however, that being said, i am of the opinion Jennings will not be back next season....i do not believe the Rays will offer him his last year of arbitration, due to the cost of keeping him, and his health history.....in my opinion, Shaffer's best opportunity next season will be in left field....i would use his recent demotion to give him playing time in the outfield....spring training can also be used to get him used to leftfield.

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  2. Gus says:

    If he can hit at the major league level, Shafer is a first baseman.

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    • richfab4 says:

      .....i disagree to the extent that James Loney is under contract next season...in my opinion, i think the Rays will keep him.....while he's not going to carry a team offensively, he is a good fielder and a decent hitter....after Loney's contract is up the Rays could move Shaffer to 1B in 2017 if he proves himself to be a major league hitter.

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  3. Rob says:

    Rays blew a great opportunity tonight. Bullpen is getting shaky.

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    • monte says:

      What's the deal? Are McGee and Boxberger tired? Having lost 9 games, Boxberger shows a lot of failure.

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