Diego Castillo placed on 10-day IL, Pete Fairbanks activated off IL

Pete Fairbanks (right-center) returns to the IL in place of right-handed reliever Diego Castillo, placed on the 10-day IL Wednesday afternoon. (Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays)

Bullpen struggles continue for the Tampa Bay Rays as right-handed reliever Diego Castillo was put on the 10-day IL with right groin tightness on Wednesday afternoon, Rays MLB.com reporter Adam Berry reported.

With 10+ arms currently sidelined for the Rays, Castillo has emerged as Tampa Bay’s go-to closer and late-innings specialist. However, after being used in five of the Rays’ last seven games, there was concern of overuse, similar to that of Nick Anderson, currently out until at least the All-Star Break.

Castillo has been a solid reliever for the Rays in 2021, posting a 3.14 ERA and 3.39 FIP in 14.1 innings, striking out 20 and walking just six with seven saves to his name, good enough for second in the American League.

In better news, right-handed reliever Pete Fairbanks has been lifted from the IL after being placed on the 10-day injured list on April 9 with a right rotator cuff strain.

He last pitched on April 6, throwing 1 1/3 innings against the Boston Red Sox, but after that game, he complained of soreness the next day, which was the catalyst of him getting placed on the IL.

So far with a small sample size of 2 2/3 innings, Fairbanks has been decent, but not up to his 2020 production, posting a 3.38 ERA, giving up one earned run while walking two and striking out two. His FIP is nearly a run higher in 2021, currently at 3.86 compared to 3.04 during the 2020 season.

The Rays look to continue their winning ways against the Los Angeles Angels, but starting pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani looks to end that on Wednesday evening. Tampa Bay sends out reliever Andrew Kittredge as Wednesday’s opener in front of left-handed starter Ryan Yarbrough.