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McGee (elbow) said Tuesday that he expects to return by late April or early May, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

The Rays announced earlier in the day that McGee underwent surgery last week to remove loose bodies from his left elbow. His rehabilitation will push into the regular season, but it sounds like the 28-year-old McGee is confident he'll be available for most of the year. Brad Boxberger will presumably take over the closer role in the interim, with newly-acquired Kevin Jepsen serving as the top right-handed setup man.

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McGee underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery last week and will begin the year on the DL, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Right-hander Brad Boxberger will presumably be thrust into the ninth-inning role to begin 2015, though the Rays also went out and traded for Kevin Jepsen on Tuesday to bolster their back-end bullpen depth. McGee was dominant in his 71.1 innings last season, allowing just 15 earned runs (1.89 ERA) with a 90:16 K:BB, 14 holds and 19 saves, though his three blown saves in his final seven appearances perhaps should have been a warning sign that something was physically wrong with him.

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Rays manager Joe Maddon said he will likely go with a closer by committee next season, the Tampa Tribune reports. "I kind of like the closer-less bullpen, where you really can match up," Maddon said. "We've done it where the eighth innings requires the skill set and the ninth may require this skill set, and you have several guys who don't mind the pressure of those last three outs. For me, it looks like it would be best off to stay the way we are."

McGee sits with a 1.92 ERA and 0.91 WHIP for the season, but he's struggled of late, with six earned runs allowed and three blown saves in his last six appearances. Despite his recent struggles, McGee will head into 2015 as the clear favorite for save opportunities in Tampa, but Maddon's unwillingness to commit to him in the ninth-inning role will keep him from being considered among the top tier of fantasy closers. Brad Boxberger, who has fanned 104 batters in just 64.2 innings this season, will likely nip at McGee's heels, and of course Grant Balfour has another year remaining on his deal.

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McGee picked up his 18th save of the season, giving up two walks, a hit, and a run while striking out one in the ninth on Saturday against the White Sox.

McGee had blown three of his last four save opportunities prior to Saturday, but he was given a 3-0 cushion in the ninth before Marcus Semien hit an RBI-single, the first White Sox hit after the fourth inning. McGee finished the inning with a save, but the Rays were unable to complete a major league-leading 22nd shutout.

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McGee blew the save against the Yankees on Thursday, allowing three runs and two hits while retiring just one batter.

McGee got off to an ominous start, hitting the first batter he faced. After a double and strikeout, McGee served up a three-run homer to Chris Young. McGee has been dominant this season, so unless he puts up several duds in a row, we wouldn't worry about Thursday's hiccup.

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McGee picked up his 16th save of the season Friday night, as he struck out the side in order to finish off a 3-0 win over the Orioles.

McGee continues to be a dominant force out of the Rays' bullpen. Over his last seven outings, the 28-year-old lefty is 3-for-3 in save chances, surrendering just five hits and a walk while striking out nine batters across nine scoreless frames.

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McGee picked up a win against the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon after tossing two scoreless innings. He struck out two.

McGee (4-1, 1.33 ERA)remains the Rays' primary closer, but he is also the most reliable arm in their bullpen, and is capable of working more than one inning when the situation calls for it. The Rays employ a somewhat unconventional approach with their bullpen, and McGee is a centerpiece, so expect him to both get most of the save chances, and to regularly pitch in other high leverage scenarios.

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McGee may not be available Wednesday after tossing two innings (35 pitches) in Tuesday's 8-6 loss to the Tigers.

McGee scattered three hits and a walk but struck out three batters to keep the Tigers off the board. The 35 pitches were a season-high for McGee, besting his previous total of 32 that came just three days earlier. If a save situation arises Wednesday, look for either Brad Boxberger or Kirby Yates to get the nod.

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McGee, who was unavailable Sunday due to a bruised right calf, will be able to pitch Monday in Texas, if needed, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

McGee has taken the mound just four times in August, holding the opposition scoreless in four innings. While he hasn't received a save chance since July 28, he's aided owners with seven strikeouts during that span.

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Jake McGee tallied his 11th save of 2014 as the Rays defeated the Red Sox 3-0 on Saturday.

McGee pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced. The 27-year-old left-hander owns a superb 1.53 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 61/10 K/BB ratio in 47 innings of relief this season and he is now running away with Tampa Bay's closer gig.