Jake McGee RP TB 2 weeks ago

McGee hit 97 on the radar gun in a scoreless inning of relief for his season debut, per the Tampa Bay Times.

The Rays have made it clear they're trying to ease McGee back in and make sure he's 100 percent before they hand him high leverage appearances. His perfect inning came with an 8-1 lead and he hovered below his 2014 average fastball velocity, 95.1 to 96.4 mph. If his velocity is slightly down, expect a few more audition innings before he begins taking the mound in save situations.

Jake McGee RP TB 2 weeks ago

McGee will eventually regain a portion of the Rays' closing duties, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

This won't be an immediate resumption of closing duties, nor a complete one given how well Brad Boxberger has performed as Tampa Bay's full-time closer. A co-closer system based on matchups is probably a good move for the Rays, but it will unfortunately limit the fantasy viability for either closer.

Jake McGee RP TB 2 weeks ago

McGee (elbow) was activated from the DL on Thursday night, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Reports surfaced earlier in the day suggesting McGee would return to the team over the weekend, but the Rays will not wait that long, as McGee will rejoin the club after throwing a scoreless inning in his final Triple-A rehab appearance. His role with Tampa Bay is not immediately clear, as Brad Boxberger appears to be fitting in comfortably as the closer. As a result, McGee could be headed for a set-up role. In a corresponding move, the Rays optioned Matt Andriese to Triple-A Durham to free up a spot on the 25-man roster.

Jake McGee RP TB 2 weeks ago

McGee (elbow) is expected to return to the Rays over the weekend, Matt baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

McGee threw a scoreless inning in his final Triple-A rehab start and should be back in the Rays' bullpen within the next two or three days. With Brad Boxberger holding a firm grip on the closer job, McGee could end up as the set-up man upon his return.

Jake McGee RP TB 2 weeks ago

McGee threw a scoreless inning in his final Triple-A rehab stint and could return to the Rays Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

With Brad Boxberger looking very strong (10 saves, 1.29 ERA, 12.9 K/9), there's a good chance McGee will find himself in a set-up role upon his return. The Rays could still use McGee in save situations with a lefty-heavy slate of hitters though, so take a wait-and-see approach since his value is fairly limited without appearances in the ninth inning.

Jake McGee RP TB 3 weeks ago

McGee (elbow) threw a scoreless inning for Triple-A Durham on Monday, MLB.com reports.

With McGee making it through the outing unscathed, the lefty appears on track to be activated at some point this weekend. The lefty is expected to make another rehab appearance Wednesday, but manager Kevin Cash said seeing McGee pitch in back-to-back innings is no longer a priority. It's uncertain what role McGee will take on upon his return.

Jake McGee RP TB 3 weeks ago

McGee (elbow) is set to appear for Triple-A Durham on Monday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

McGee has been strong in his first two outings for Triple-A Durham, striking out three across two innings while allowing just one walk. He could make one more minor league appearance before rejoining the Rays bullpen on their upcoming road trip.

Jake McGee RP TB 3 weeks ago

McGee (elbow) tossed a scoreless inning at Triple-A Durham on Tuesday night. According to the Tampa Bay Times, McGee was making the third of what will likely be five or six appearances on his rehab assignment.

With three scoreless appearances with Durham under his belt, McGee is trending toward an activation by the Rays within the next week. It remains to be seen if the Rays' current closer-by-committee approach will hold up, or if McGee will reprise the role that he held for the bulk of 2014.

Jake McGee RP TB 4 weeks ago

McGee (elbow) will move his rehab to Triple-A Durham on Tuesday, Steve Carney of WDAE 620 AM reports.

The deployment at Triple-A represents the last step in the recovery process for McGee, who has been out all season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his elbow in December. The lefty thrived as the Rays' closer last season, but with the team receiving capable work from many of their back-end bullpen arms at the moment, McGee won't necessarily be given his old job back outright upon his activation from the DL.

Jake McGee RP TB 4 weeks ago

McGee walked two and allowed no hits while throwing 22 pitches in an inning during his second rehab appearance, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

The report also states McGee will need to make several more appearances, including one with multiple innings and others that are back-to-back to return to the Rays. The back end of the Rays' bullpen has pitched very well, with Brad Boxberger, Kevin Jepsen, and Steve Geltz all recording saves and ERA's well below 3.00. However, lefties have hit a better OPS against them, so McGee should be a useful weapon upon return.