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Kirby Yates | Relief Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Rays recalled RHP Kirby Yates from Triple-A Durham.
Another bullpen arm for the Rays. Yates has allowed home runs in each of his last five appearances in the majors and owns a 9.82 ERA over 11 innings overall. Sep 1 - 9:37 AM

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Rays optioned RHP Kirby Yates to Triple-A Durham.

The Rays needed to make room for Drew Smyly, who is coming off the disabled list on Sunday. Yates has had a rough go of it, allowing a run in each of his last five outings. He could be back when the rosters expand to 40 on September 1.
Aug 15 - 11:38 PM

Rays recalled RHP Kirby Yates from Triple-A Durham.

Yates replaces Kevin Jepsen on the roster and in the bullpen. He's given up five runs in 7 1/3 innings in the majors this season, but he should prove better given a longer look.
Jul 31 - 2:43 PM

Rays optioned RHP Kirby Yates to Triple-A Durham.

Yates allowed two runs over two-thirds of an inning Tuesday to push his ERA up to 6.14. The Rays will announce a corresponding move on Wednesday.
Jun 30 - 10:07 PM

Rays recalled RHP Kirby Yates from Triple-A Durham.

He'll replace Enny Romero in the Rays' bullpen. Yates, 28, made four appearances at the major league level earlier this season before coming down with a pectoral injury.
Jun 23 - 3:36 PM

Rays activated RHP Kirby Yates from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Durham.

Yates is over his pectoral injury, but the Rays opted for Preston Guilmet for the bullpen over him. He'll be back with the big club at some point.
Jun 10 - 3:35 PM

Kirby Yates (pectoral) allowed two runs -- one earned -- over an inning in his first rehab appearance with High-A Charlotte on Thursday.

Yates has been on the shelf since late April with a right pectoral strain. He could rejoin the Rays' bullpen soon.
Jun 5 - 11:27 AM

Kirby Yates (pectoral) will appear in an extended spring training game on Thursday.

It will be his first game action since going down with a right pectoral strain at the end of last month. Yates could rejoin the Rays' bullpen in a couple weeks if all goes well.
May 27 - 8:51 AM

Kirby Yates (pectoral) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

It will be the first time he's thrown off a mound since going down with a right pectoral strain late last month. There's no timetable for Yates' return, but early June would seem to be realistic.
May 20 - 9:40 AM

Kirby Yates (pectoral) threw from 75 feet on flat ground Monday.

He's expected to do it again on Tuesday, which will be the fourth time he's completed the task. Yates appears close to throwing off a mound, although no date on that has been set yet.
May 11 - 9:37 PM

Rays placed RHP Kirby Yates on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain.

He had been optioned to Triple-A Durham earlier this month, but that's been rescinded since Yates was injured while still with the big club. It's not clear how long he'll be out.
Apr 29 - 9:49 AM

Rays optioned RHP Kirby Yates to Triple-A Durham.

Yates tossed two scoreless relief innings Tuesday, but the Rays needed a fresh bullpen arm. They'll make a corresponding move prior to Wednesday's contest.
Apr 14 - 11:07 PM

Rays recalled RHP Kirby Yates from Triple-A Durham.

Yates takes the place of Josh Lueke in the Rays bullpen, as the veteran reliever was designated for assignment on Saturday. Yates had been pitching brilliantly for Durham, allowing just one run in his first 25 innings of work (0.36 ERA) while posting a 0.76 WHIP and 35/9 K/BB ratio while saving 16 games. It's not unthinkable that he could quickly work his way into the late-inning mix, given the struggles of Grant Balfour and Joel Peralta.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 01:02:00 PM

Rays purchased the contract of RHP Kirby Yates from Triple-A Durham.

He's now ineligible to be taken in the Rule 5 Draft. Yates was dominant in his first taste of Triple-A in 2013, posting a 1.90 ERA while striking out 93 over 61 2/3 innings. He should make his MLB debut in 2014.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 09:50:00 AM

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4Luke Maile
1B1James Loney
2Richie Shaffer
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Daniel Nava
3Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
3Grady Sizemore
DH1John Jaso
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Erasmo Ramirez
5Matt Moore
6Alex Cobb
7Burch Smith
8Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Alex Colome
4Jeff Beliveau
5Steve Geltz
6Brandon Gomes
7Xavier Cedeno
8Matt Andriese
9Enny Romero
10C.J. Riefenhauser
11Kirby Yates
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