Kittredge, who made the All-Star Game last year for the first time in his career, is the latest notable member of the Rays bullpen to wind up on the shelf, joining Nick Anderson, Pete Fairbanks, JT Chargois, and J.P. Feyereisen. The Rays are also without key starters Tyler Glasnow and Shane Baz, which has caused the team to use its organizational depth to fill out its pitching staff.
Faucher rejoins a Rays bullpen that currently employs four pitchers (Jason Adam, Luke Bard, Shawn Armstrong, Ralph Garza Jr.) who have joined the organization since the start of March.
With Kittredge out, the Rays figure to approach the ninth inning with a committee mindset. Ryan Thompson, Colin Poche, and Brooks Raley are tied for second on the staff in saves with three apiece.
Kittredge, 32, was just activated from the disabled list after fighting with back concerns. He’d pitched twice since, compiling a 3.15 ERA (112 ERA+) and a 7.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 20 innings pitched.
The Rays recalled Calvin Faucher, a righty from Triple-A, to take Kittredge’s spot on the active roster. Faucher made his big-league debut earlier this season and was originally acquired as part of last summer’s Nelson Cruz trade.