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.
Klentak go get Banda
Why didn’t they just activate him from COVID IL then place him in the 45 day IL?
Because he won’t get service time this way. He has technically been in the minors this whole time, since he was optioned in March.
because you need a roster space to activate a player from an IL list unless you’re moving from 10 to 45 or 60. COVID IL is a different list.
They would have to call him up to the majors to put on IL then he would accumulate service time and they would have to pay him major league % of pay
Mariners, go get Banda!
This dude could be a lights out bullpen guy.
I could see the orioles or mariners picking him up. Banda could be a low risk/high reward if he works out.
Poor kid. He’s been so bad that they brought back a pitcher that just had shoulder surgery last week to take his roster spot. I hope he bounces back to form.
Banda can take Milone’s 40 man slot just like that.
Rays could possibly be a mystery team for Clev. We got the farm system
Rays are the team that always trades away guys before they get expensive.
But possibly they could get him like they did Tommy Pham. Keep him for a year and a half and then trade him when he’s really set to make cash in arbitration.
BANDA on the Run !!
Great job proofreading. How about spelling the guy’s name properly..”Brendan”