Rays Designate Mike Ekstrom For Assignment

The Rays have designated right-hander Mike Ekstrom for assignment in order to make room for Felipe Lopez on the 40-man roster, tweets Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.

Ekstrom, 27, was a 12th round pick by the Padres in 2004. The Rays plucked him off waivers from San Diego in February 2010. He appeared in 15 games for Tampa, notching a 3.31 ERA through 16 1/3 innings. He struck out ten but also walked nine. Through 759 1/3 minor league innings (split equally as a starter and reliever), Ekstrom owns a 3.74 ERA, 6.8 K/9, and 2.4 BB/9.

We heard earlier today that a 40-man move was coming to clear room for Lopez after he was called up to replace the injured Evan Longoria.

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