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Joel Peralta | Relief Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (38) / 3/23/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rays activated RHP Joel Peralta from the 15-day disabled list.
Peralta was out for 15 days after contracting the chikungunya virus while vacationing in the Dominican Republic over the All-Star break. The right-hander threw a scoreless rehab inning on Saturday in High-A ball. Jul 28 - 2:53 PM

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Joel Peralta (virus) will be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

Peralta will miss the minimum amount of time with the chikungunya virus, which he contracted over the All-Star break in his native Dominican Republic. The reliever was cleared to return after throwing a scoreless inning for High-A Charlotte on Saturday in his lone rehab appearance.
Jul 27 - 11:51 AM

Rays placed RHP Joel Peralta on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 13, with a virus.

The belief is that Peralta caught the chikungunya virus in the Dominican Republic over the All-Star break. It's an illness that is transferred by mosquitoes in the Caribbean and can cause nasty symptoms for over a week. He should be fine by the end of this month.
Jul 22 - 4:09 PM

Joel Peralta (virus) is expected to be placed on the disabled list.

Peralta believes that he acquired the chikungunya virus, an illness transferred by mosquitoes in the Caribbean, which is where Peralta spent his All-Star break. He would be placed on the disabled list retroactive to July 13, setting him up to return within a few days assuming he feels up to it. Jeff Beliveau is the most likely replacement on the active roster.
Jul 22 - 11:08 AM

Joel Peralta believes he has the chikungunya virus.

It's an illness transferred by mosquitoes in the Caribbean, where Peralta spent his All-Star break. The symptoms typically last over a week and the Rays might place him on the disabled list retroactive to July 13. The right-handed reliever should be fine eventually.
Jul 21 - 8:45 AM

Joel Peralta was unavailable for the Sunday's game against the Twins due to an illness.

The Rays needed all hands on deck to preserve a two-run victory over the Twins on Sunday, and it wound up being Kirby Yates who cleaned up Grant Balfour's mess by recording the final two outs. Peralta should be fine in a day or two.
Jul 20 - 6:35 PM

Joel Peralta and Kirby Yates combined to blow the Rays' two-run lead in the ninth Wednesday against the Royals.

With Grant Balfour, Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger having been used to get four outs in the seventh and eighth, Peralta was meant to pitch the ninth in a 4-2 game. Peralta, though, was pulled after retiring one of the three batters he faced, with Yates taking over. Yates, who hadn't recorded a win, loss, save, hold or blown save since being called up over a month ago, immediately gave up a three-run homer to Salvador Perez, and the Rays went on to lose 5-4. We're guessing Maddon won't be using this tactic again anytime soon. Ideally, he'd prefer to save Balfour or McGee or even Boxberger for the ninth.
Jul 9 - 10:54 PM

After Jake McGee pitched a scoreless eighth, Joel Peralta surrendered a game-tying solo homer in the ninth Monday against the Yankees, giving him his fifth blown save.

Manager Joe Maddon was almost certainly thinking that letting McGee face the heart of the order in the eighth and Peralta the bottom of the order in the ninth was the smart play tonight. It didn't work out, but the Rays won in 12 innings anyway, with Grant Balfour and, especially, Brad Boxberger also pitching effectively. Peralta's stumble would seem to bode well for both McGee and Balfour, but Maddon probably isn't finished playing matchups yet.
Jul 1 - 12:15 AM

Joel Peralta earned his first save of the season in a win over the Astros on Sunday.

Peralta hadn't been called upon in the Rays' closer-by-committee since Grant Balfour was demoted, but he answered the bell on Sunday. Peralta struck out two in a perfect ninth inning. It's worth noting that Balfour pitched the seventh and Jake McGee was used in the eighth inning, so it seems like Rays manager Joe Maddon is serious about it being a committee. As such, it's tough to trust any for saves for the time being.
Jun 22 - 5:09 PM

Joel Peralta (illness) isn't sure if he'll be available Monday.

Peralta has been unavailable for the past couple of days due to illness. He's feeling better, but will have a better idea about his readiness after he attempts to throw. Consider him day-to-day.
Apr 14 - 4:05 PM

Joel Peralta (neck) tossed a 13-pitch inning Wednesday in a minor league game.

Peralta later said it was the "best I've felt the whole spring." He sat out a few days with neck stiffness but should be 100 percent by the start of the regular season.
Mar 13 - 8:54 AM

Joel Peralta (neck) might need to miss a few more days.

Peralta has been dealing with neck stiffness since his appearance on Saturday. He hasn't ruled out pitching on Tuesday, but the Rays might just give him some more time to get well. Consider him day-to-day.
Mar 10 - 8:47 AM

Joel Peralta suffered a stiff neck on Saturday.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Peralta would be fine. The skipper said his veteran setup man experienced "whiplash" while reacting to a comebacker. Peralta himself said that he was able to throw after the experience but left the game because he felt a little uncomfortable. He'll be fine.
Mar 8 - 5:15 PM

Joel Peralta earned his American League-leading 23rd hold by striking out the only batter he faced in Thursday's victory against the Twins.

Peralta is enjoying a typically stellar season under the radar, boasting a 3.29 ERA and 1.07 WHIP as Fernando Rodney's setup man. Peralta has out-pitched Rodney, but Tampa Bay's closer hasn't done enough damage to lose his job. Peralta remains a valuable commodity in holds leagues.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 10:25:00 PM

Joel Peralta filled in admirably with Fernando Rodney potentially unavailable on Friday, recording the final four outs to preserve a two-run lead and earn his first save of the season.

After the Orioles erupted for six runs in the eighth inning, Peralta was called upon to get the final out of the inning. He then stayed on to pitch a perfect ninth inning and preserve the wild win. With Fernando Rodney struggling, Peralta is certainly worth stashing if speculating for saves in mixed leagues.
Fri, May 17, 2013 10:47:00 PM

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C1Ryan Hanigan
2Jose Molina
1B1James Loney
2Sean Rodriguez
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Nick Franklin
SS1Yunel Escobar
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1David DeJesus
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Wil Myers
2Brandon Guyer
3Jerry Sands
DH1Matt Joyce
Starting Pitcher
S1Alex Cobb
2Chris Archer
3Jake Odorizzi
4Jeremy Hellickson
5Nate Karns
6Drew Smyly
7Alex Colome
8Matt Moore
Relief Pitcher
R1Jake McGee
2Grant Balfour
3Joel Peralta
4Brad Boxberger
5Cesar Ramos
6Kirby Yates
7Jeff Beliveau
8Steve Geltz
9C.J. Riefenhauser