The Rays obtained left-handed pitcher Wesley Wright from the Astros on Monday for cash considerations. He will join the bullpen today. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Rays optioned reliever Josh Lueke back to Triple-A Durham. “I’m excited,” Wright told MLB.com on Monday in Houston. “It’s an opportunity to go pitch for a contending team and something I’ve always wanted to do, and to get this opportunity now is kind of shocking, but I’m also excited about it.” Wright was 0-4 with a 3.92 ERA for the Astros in 54 appearances this season — the most in the AL by a lefty. He struck out 40 batters in 41 1⁄3 innings.
For his career, right-handers are batting .266 against him, while lefties are hitting .236. Those numbers flipped this season. Lefties have jumped to a .305 average while righties are batting .250. The Rays will have to make another move — probably to drop a position player — on Thursday when RHP Alex Cobb (concussion/blister) comes off the disabled list. Noteworthy Tonight’s game begins a stretch where the Rays play their final 46 games of the season in a 48-day period. The only scheduled off days are Aug. 22 and Sept. 9. That final off day comes after a 10-game West Coast trip. ... UTL Ben Zobrist is errorless in his last 65 games at second base. ... Rays starters have failed to finish five innings six times in their last nine games. Prior to that they had gone at least five innings in 32 consecutive games. ... The final Bark in the Park is Sunday. The Rays’ wives will collect dog and cat food to benefit the Pet Pal Animal Shelter. A special seating area in the upper deck in left field will be set up for dogs and their owners.