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Chad Billingsley made a rehab start Sunday throwing 1.2 innings, giving up one run, two hits, a walk, a HBP and two strikeouts.
Sunday's start was his first on his current rehab assignment, which is expected to one of many appearance before being deemed ready to be activated from the disabled list. Once back int he mix Billingsley is expected to be used in long relief, but could work his way back into the starting rotation if one of the current pitchers was to go down with an injury as the season progresses. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Rays designated P Grant Balfour for assignment.
There's no word as to why Balfour was DFA'd here as he's pitched pretty well so far, especially for a guy who had to leave the team during spring training to help take care of his ailing father. He did hit a bump in the road Saturday when he allowed three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, but before that, he had made five appearances, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits with no runs. The Rays will likely give some reason for the move, but look for Balfour to pick up with another team fairly quickly. Analysis: Howard Bender