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Xavier Cedeno | Relief Pitcher | #31

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/26/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Miami Dade (FL) CC
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 31 (0) / COL
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Xavier Cedeno (oblique) threw a simulated game Thursday and said it went well.

Cedeno is hopeful of returning to action this weekend. The southpaw has been limited to one appearance since the end of August due to a strained left oblique.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 05:20:00 PM

Xavier Cedeno (oblique) threw a bullpen session Sunday.

Assuming it goes well, Cedeno should be cleared to pitch. He has made just one appearance since August 31 due to a strained left oblique.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 11:51:00 AM

Xavier Cedeno could remain unavailable through the weekend due to tightness in his left side.

Cedeno has made just one appearance since August 31 due to the injury. He's been one of the Rays' better relievers this season, but they'll be careful since oblique injuries have a tendency to linger.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 10:12:00 AM

Xavier Cedeno got the final two outs of the ninth inning, earning his first save in Tuesday's 2-0 win versus the Braves.

Neither Jake McGee nor Brad Boxberger were used, interestingly. Brandon Gomes got four outs after Erasmo Ramirez departed, and Cedeno induced a game-ending double play from A.J. Pierzynski. The lefty has been solid out of the bullpen since joining the Rays in April, as he has a 2.03 ERA and a 30/10 K/BB ratio in 31 innings, but the save will likely be his first and last of the season.
Tue, Aug 11, 2015 09:25:00 PM

Rays acquired LHP Xavier Cedeno from the Dodgers for cash considerations.

It's been a wacky couple of weeks for Cedeno, who was designated for assignment by the Nationals on April 14, traded to the Dodgers on April 22, and then DFA'd by Los Angeles on April 24. Now he heads to Tampa Bay, where he'll presumably slide into a lefty specialist role. The 28-year-old left-hander has a 5.24 career ERA in 55 major league innings.
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 01:22:00 PM

Dodgers designated LHP Xavier Cedeno for assignment.

The 28-year-old southpaw was just acquired by the Dodgers from the Nationals on Wednesday for cash considerations, but it appears as though they believe the roster spot could be better utilized with Sergio Santos. He could attract some interest on waivers.
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 07:40:00 PM

Dodgers acquired LHP Xavier Cedeno from the Nationals for cash considerations.

Cedeno was designated for assignment by the Nats last week after allowing two earned runs in three innings of relief. The 28-year-old has a 5.24 career ERA.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 05:02:00 PM

Nationals designated LHP Xavier Cedeno for assignment.

The Nationals kept Cedeno out of spring training because he was out of options and even traded Jerry Blevins to the Mets to make room for him on the Opening Day roster, but he only lasted a week. Veteran Matt Thornton is now the only left-hander remaining in Washington's bullpen.
Tue, Apr 14, 2015 03:06:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Wilson Ramos
2Derek Norris
3Jesus Sucre
1B1Logan Morrison
2Rickie Weeks
2B1Brad Miller
SS1Matt Duffy
2Tim Beckham
3Daniel Robertson
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Colby Rasmus
2Mallex Smith
3Shane Peterson
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Peter Bourjos
RF1Steven Souza
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Alex Cobb
3Jake Odorizzi
4Blake Snell
5Matt Andriese
6Nathan Eovaldi
Relief Pitcher
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Danny Farquhar
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Shawn Tolleson
7Kevin Gadea
8Tommy Hunter
9Jumbo Diaz
10Austin Pruitt