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McGee to join Rays

Posted on: September 13, 2010 8:40 pm
The Rays are adding to their arsenal by calling up Jake McGee for Tuesday's game, as the St. Petersburg Times ' Joe Smith reports .

McGee missed the second half of the 2008 season and first half of 2009 due to Tommy John surgery but has been working his way back ever since. In 2010, McGee made 19 starts for Double-A, posting a 3.57 ERA in 88 1/3 innings. He whiffed 10.2 batter per nine and walked 3.4, prompting a callup to Triple-A.

However, the lefty moved to the bullpen upon the call-up, with Tampa eyeing a role down the stretch and into the playoffs for the 23-year-old. He did everything possible at Triple-A to show that he could be a lockdown weapon for Tampa, punching out 27 in 17 1/3 innings. He gave up just one run and limited batters to three walks and nine hits. All in all, a dominant showing.

McGee will give Tampa's just its second lefty behind Randy Choate. Unless he completely blows up, McGee will almost certainly find himself on the postseason roster and could be the AL's answer to Aroldis Chapman.

-- Evan Brunell

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