Friday, June 1, 2007
Seo designated for assignment
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays designated
right-hander Jae Seo for assignment Friday, one of several moves
made to revamp the starting rotation.
A pair of starters, left-hander J.P. Howell and right-hander
Andy Sonnanstine, were promoted from Triple-A Durham. Reliever Jae
Kuk Ryu was optioned to Durham.
Howell, 3-5 with a 3.96 ERA, was recalled to start Sunday's game
against Kansas City. He made eight starts with Tampa Bay last
season, going 1-3.
Sonnanstine had his contract purchased and will make his major
league debut Tuesday at Toronto. He is 40-18 with a 2.56 ERA in 84
career minor league games.
Seo was dropped from the rotation last week, after going 3-4
with an 8.13 ERA in 11 games, including 10 starts. Ryu, 1-1 in 15
relief appearances, will work as a starting pitcher in the minors.
"We saw it all the way through," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon
said. "We wanted to make sure the guys down below were ready.
These two guys were deemed ready and we felt it was necessary to do
something at the point."
Left-hander Jon Switzer was reinstated from the 60-day disabled
list and optioned to Durham. He had been sidelined by a left