The Rays have reinstated Brendan McKay from the injured list and sent him to the team’s alternate training site. Left-hander Anthony Banda has been designated for assignment to create a 40-man roster spot.
McKay is out for the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery, but the Rays had to officially bring him back off the COVID-19 injured list, and thus needed to create an opening on the 40-man. McKay tested positive for the coronavirus during Summer Camp and wasn’t cleared to participate at the alternate training site until early August.
The procedural move leaves Banda in DFA limbo. The southpaw had an ugly outing today, allowing five runs in an inning of work during the Rays’ 12-7 win over the Marlins. Banda has a 10.29 ERA over seven innings for Tampa Bay this season, with more walks (five) than strikeouts (four). Once a well-regarded prospect in his minor league days, Banda has yet to establish himself over 51 1/3 Major League innings since the start of the 2017 season, with a big chunk of that time spent rehabbing after Tommy John surgery.