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.
Anyone think Kevin Towers takes him back?
I was wondering where Felipe Lopez would turn up. Just two years ago he posted a .310/.383/.427 line for a 112 OPS+.
I don’t know enough about him to say what kind of fielder he is, but a middle infielder with some decent offensive potential usually gets a number of chances.
Not when you don’t produce and/or you play with a very poor attitude. His lack of production wasn’t the only reason why St. Louis had enough of him.
…says Lastings Milledge
…who’s batting 1.000
Congratualations. One for one is very impressive….
And two for two is knocking on the door of the HOF
If he goes two for two to start the season, I’ll never knock him again.