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Xavier Cedeno | Relief Pitcher | #31

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/26/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Miami Dade (FL) CC
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 31 (0) / COL
Contract: view contract details

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Rays activated LHP Xavier Cedeno from the 60-day disabled list.
Cedeno wound up missing over five months because of a left forearm injury suffered back in mid-April. He helped Triple-A Durham win the Triple-A National Championship during his lengthy minor league rehab assignment and the 31-year-old southpaw could see high-leverage action right out of the gate with Tampa Bay. Sep 21 - 9:45 AM

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Xavier Cedeno (forearm) will be activated from the disabled list on Thursday.

Cedeno has been on the disabled list since mid-April due to a forearm injury, but he looked sharp while pitching for the two Rays minor affiliates who advanced to postseason play, even helping Triple-A Durham win the Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday night. Daniel Robertson and Chih-Wei Hu will also join the Rays from Durham's roster.
Sep 19 - 11:10 PM

Xavier Cedeno (forearm) threw a scoreless inning Saturday in his first rehab appearance with Double-A Montgomery.

Montgomery has the fifth and final game of the Southern League Championship on Sunday, but it's unclear whether the Rays want Cedeno pitching on back-to-back days or if they'll just go ahead and activate him. He's been out almost all season with a forearm injury.
Sep 10 - 8:41 AM

Xavier Cedeno (forearm) threw live batting practice on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.

It sounds like Cedeno might finally be ready to return to the Rays' bullpen next week. The left-hander has been on the shelf since late April with a forearm injury.
Sep 6 - 11:52 AM

Xavier Cedeno (forearm) resumed a throwing program last Friday.

Cedeno has been sidelined since late April due to tightness in his left forearm. He said Monday that he expects to return by mid-August, but obviously he has a lot of hoops to jump through first.
Jun 20 - 11:10 AM

Rays transferred LHP Xavier Cedeno from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Cedeno is still battling through a forearm issue. He was checked out by Dr. James Andrews last month and was told he would not require Tommy John surgery, but the lefty reliever remains out indefinitely.
May 18 - 3:38 PM

Xavier Cedeno (forearm) will not require surgery after receiving a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

He's been given a PRP injection and will be shut down for the next month. Cedeno will have a chance to return to the Rays sometime in the second half.
Apr 28 - 11:52 AM

Xavier Cedeno will get a second opinion on his ailing left forearm this week from Dr. James Andrews.

Cedeno, who was placed on the disabled list last Friday, has already seen Rays team doctor Koco Eaton. The results of that visit aren't known, but it's usually not a good sign when Dr. Andrews is involved. An update on Cedeno should be available later this week.
Apr 24 - 6:21 PM

Rays placed LHP Xavier Cedeno on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 18, with left forearm tightness.

Cedeno has been an important cog in the Rays bullpen the past few seasons and any amount of time that he misses will be a blow to them. He sports a 3.86 ERA and gruesome 3.42 WHIP through 2 1/3 innings of work this season.
Apr 21 - 10:56 PM

Rays and LHP Xavier Cedeno avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.

Cedeno was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The southpaw has been one of the Rays' best relievers the last two seasons, putting up a 2.88 ERA and 86/25 K/BB ratio over 84 1/3 relief innings.
Jan 13 - 10:01 AM

Xavier Cedeno is scheduled to see a doctor about his neck tightness early next week.

Cedeno will remain with the Rays through the conclusion of their road trip on Sunday in Baltimore, but it sounds like he won't be used in any of those games. The left-hander hasn't pitched since August 29 due to lingering discomfort in his neck and he could be shut down for good after the examination next week in Tampa Bay.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 11:45:00 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday that the club still thinks Xavier Cedeno (neck) will pitch again this season.

Cedeno hasn't pitched since August 29 due to neck tightness, so we're talking about a two-week absence at this point. Returning will at least give him some peace of mind going into the winter.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 05:51:00 PM

Xavier Cedeno tossed a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Cedeno struck out one batter and worked around a leadoff single by David Ortiz. The Rays had a four-run lead at the time, so it wasn’t a save chance, but the southpaw could be the preferred option in the ninth inning while Alex Colome (biceps) is sidelined. Erasmo Ramirez and Matt Andriese are also in the mix.
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 03:12:00 PM

Xavier Cedeno will make his spring debut on Wednesday.

Cedeno opened the 2015 season with the Nationals before being traded to the Dodgers for cash considerations in April. He was designated for assignment shortly thereafter, though, at which point the Rays traded for him (again for cash considerations). Between those three squads, the 29-year-old southpaw pitched to a 2.35 ERA with a 47/14 K/BB ratio across 46 innings. He's a possible late-inning arm for the Rays along with Alex Colome, but might see more of his time as a lefty specialist rather than an out-and-out setup man.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 12:15:00 PM

Xavier Cedeno (oblique) is expected to be available on Saturday.

He has been sidelined since September 5 due to a strained left oblique, but made it through a simulated game on Thursday without any issues. The 29-year-old owns a 1.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 39/11 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 innings with the Rays this season.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 09:22:00 AM

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C1Wilson Ramos
2Jesus Sucre
3Curt Casali
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Brad Miller
2Daniel Robertson
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
2Matt Duffy
3B1Evan Longoria
2Trevor Plouffe
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Colby Rasmus
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Peter Bourjos
3Mallex Smith
RF1Steven Souza
2Cesar Puello
DH1Lucas Duda
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Alex Cobb
3Jake Odorizzi
4Jacob Faria
5Blake Snell
6Austin Pruitt
7Nathan Eovaldi
Relief Pitcher
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Dan Jennings
4Xavier Cedeno
5Tommy Hunter
6Steve Cishek
7Kevin Gadea
8Sergio Romo
9Matt Andriese
10Shawn Tolleson
11Jose Alvarado
12Ryne Stanek
13Chaz Roe
14Chih-Wei Hu