Xavier Cedeno RP TB 3 days ago

Cedeno (2-1) failed to record an out in the ninth inning of Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays. He surrendered a hit, two earned runs, and a walk.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 29-year-old reliever entered the final frame charged with preserving a 1-1 tie, but immediately surrendered a double to Darwin Barney and then issued a free pass to Michael Saunders. After being pulled for Alex Colome, Cedeno then saw the latter yield an RBI groundout to Edwin Encarnacion and a two-run homer to Troy Tulowitzki, with the pair of runs scored by Cedeno's baserunners going on his ledger. The performance broke a string of four straight scoreless outings for the five-year veteran, and marked the first time he'd given up more than an earned run. Although the outing shot Cedeno's ERA from a stellar 1.35 to 4.05, he remains one of the more reliable arms in the Rays' bullpen.

Xavier Cedeno RP TB 3 days ago

Cedeno (2-0) was credited with the victory Saturday versus the Blue Jays after getting two outs and striking out one in the ninth inning.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran southpaw became the pitcher of record after Curt Casali singled in Brad Miller with the winning run in the bottom of the frame. Cedeno has been reasonably effective in his opportunities to date, securing three holds and two victories while generating a stellar 1.35 ERA over 6.2 innings.

Xavier Cedeno RP TB 3 weeks ago

Cedeno pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Tuesday's 5-1 victory over the Indians.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After a ragged showing this spring, Cedeno now has two appearances in the regular season and has yet to allow a baserunner. The 29-year-old southpaw is one of three lefties-- along with Enny Romero and Dana Eveland-- that has pitched shutout ball out of the Ray bullpen so far in 2016.

Xavier Cedeno RP TB 1 month ago

Cedeno was credited with his third hold of the exhibition slate despite surrendering a hit, an earned run and two walks over 0.2 innings in Sunday's 7-3 spring loss to the Blue Jays. He struck out a batter as well.

Competitive Edge Analysis

One of three southpaws currently vying for spots in the Rays bullpen, Cedeno has endured a rough exhibition slate. He's now sporting a robust 10.38 ERA over 4.1 innings, having surrendered six hits, five earned runs and four walks over that span. The spring struggles are in sharp contrast to Cedeno's 2015 numbers, when he posted a 4-1 record and 2.35 ERA over 46 innings with the Nationals and Rays. Even though fellow lefties Enny Romero and non-roster invitee Dana Eveland have outperformed him in spring training, Cedeno figures to have ample opportunity to play an integral role in the late innings, particularly while closer Brad Boxberger (abdomen) remains sidelined.

Xavier Cedeno RP TB 2 months ago

Cedeno may be a candidate for save opportunities with the news that Brad Boxberger (abdomen) will miss eight weeks. "We have a number of guys that could try to fill that void for the first month of the year," manager Kevin Cash told the Tampa Tribune. "We'll have some opportunities that will present itself for more bullpen arms."

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cash is not naming a replacement for Boxberger in the ninth inning. Perhaps he will play the matchups late, and if so, that could mean some save chances for Cedeno, as he's the top lefty option in the bullpen. Cedeno has bounced around in his five-year career but settled in with Tampa Bay last season, posting a 2.09 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 43:12 K:BB in 43 innings after coming over from Washington.

Xavier Cedeno RP TB 3 months ago

Cedeno is likely to see some action in the eighth inning as the bullpen's new top lefty following the Jake McGee trade, Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

On almost any other team, Cedeno would have been his team's top lefty last year, at least going by performance. After five forgettable appearances in Washington, Cedeno was traded to the Rays and promptly started dominating, registering a 2.09 ERA in 43.0 innings while striking out a batter per inning. Alex Colome is still best positioned to be the Kevin Cash's formal set-up man, but Tampa Bay's liberal usage of its bullpen means Cedeno should see quite a few opportunities.

Xavier Cedeno RP TB 7 months ago

Cedeno made his return to the team Sunday against the Orioles, where he faced a single batter, Chris Davis, and forced a ground out to first base.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Even though it's only one batter, this still says something about Cedeno's current role in the bullpen. The Rays called upon him in the ninth inning to face one of the most dangerous home run threats in baseball. He isn't likely to see more of these after Jake Mcgee comes back, but he does seem to be the top left-hander out of the bullpen for now.

Xavier Cedeno RP TB 8 months ago

Cedeno (side) is expected to be available for Saturday's game against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Rays have held Cedeno out for the last week-plus with side tightness, but the time off was all he needed to get over the issue. The lefty has been stellar for the Rays since coming over from the Nationals via trade. He's supplied a 1.86 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 39 strikeouts over 38.2 innings.

Xavier Cedeno RP TB 8 months ago

Cedeno (left side) will throw to batter Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It's a little late for Cabrera to rehab on a minor league team with a helpful amount of talent, so throwing to batters represents more of a step forward than usual in this process. He and Jake McGee (knee) are basically in a race to get healthy and become the Rays' top option on the left side, but Mcgee will be the more used player when both are back.

Xavier Cedeno RP TB 8 months ago

Cedeno (side) will throw a bullpen session Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cedeno has been out since Sept. 5 with the injury, but after a full week off, his condition appears to have improved. Sunday's throwing session will just amount to a test run for Cedeno to affirm he's fully healthy, and if all goes well, he could return to the Rays bullpen later this week.