The Rays have designated right-handed reliever Danny Farquhar for assignment, per a team announcement. In a corresponding move, Tampa Bay recalled outfielder Taylor Motter, according to Steve Carney of 620 WDAE (Twitter link).
In an unusual twist, the Rays designated Farquhar for the purpose of sending him to Triple-A Durham and keeping him on their 40-man roster. The team asked for optional waivers, meaning no one puts in a claim, tweets Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times.
Farquhar, whom the Rays recalled earlier Saturday when they placed second baseman Logan Forsythe on the disabled list, has tossed 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball for the club this year. He spent 2013-15 with the Mariners, for whom he threw 177 2/3 frames of 3.85 ERA/3.05 FIP/3.08 xFIP pitching to go with a 10.54 K/9 and 3.09 BB/9. Seattle then dealt the 29-year-old to the Rays in the offseason as part of a seven-player trade that also saw Nate Karns, Brad Miller and Logan Morrison, among others, switch uniforms.