Rays reinstate closer Fairbanks from injured list, send Muller to minors

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays reinstated closer Peter Fairbanks from the 15-day injured list and optioned right-hander Chris Muller to Triple-A Durham on Monday.

Fairbanks, who hasn't pitched since April 28, has been sidelined by inflammation near his right wrist. He has not allowed a run in 7 2/3 scoreless innings over eight appearances this season. He has three saves.

Tampa Bay's bullpen has been affected by injuries all season.

Right-handers Andrew Kittredge (Tommy John surgery) and Shawn Armstrong (neck) have not appeared in a game in 2023, while lefty Garrett Cleavinger sprained his right knee on May 8 and could miss the rest of the season.

Muller had his contract selected from Durham on Friday but did not appear in a game.

The Rays, with the major's best record at 31-11, open a three-game series Tuesday night at the New York Mets.


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