Banda, who fired two perfect innings during which he recorded two strikeouts in a loss to the Angels on Sunday, was singled out postgame by manager Kevin Cash for his performance, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Cash emphasized he was "really, really encouraged" by the 26-year-old's impressive 27-pitch effort, which included strikeouts of Luis Rengifo and Kole Calhoun. The quality of the outing was particularly noteworthy due to a combination of Banda's potential and the long road he's taken to recover from May 2018 Tommy John surgery. That included a rocky and lengthy rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham where Banda produced an elevated 5.57 ERA and 1.43 WHIP across 21 innings. The southpaw has only been utilized twice since being promoted Sept. 2, and Sunday's performance was an upgrade over a debut in which he'd allowed an earned run on three hits over an inning to the Blue Jays exactly one week prior. Sep 16 10:38 pm (EST)
- Banda is likely to be part of a bullpen day approach deployed by manager Kevin Cash for the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
- Banda was recalled by the Rays on Monday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
- Banda (elbow) was activated off the 60-day injured list Friday and optioned to Triple-A Durham, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. All Anthony Banda (L) News
2019 SEASON STATS
|Sep 15||L 6 - 4||@ LAA||0||0||0||2.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Sep 08||W 8 - 3||TOR||0||0||0||1.0||3||0||1||0||0|
|May 26||W 5 - 1||BAL||1||0||0||6.1||3||0||1||1||7|
|May 20||L 5 - 2||@ LAA||0||0||0||3.1||3||1||2||2||2|
|May 15||W 6 - 5||@ KC||0||0||0||5.0||6||0||3||0||1|
|Mar 11||L 6 - 5||MIN||0||0||0||2.0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Oct 01||W 14 - 2||@ KC||1||0||0||1.1||1||0||1||2||1|
|Sep 27||L 4 - 3||@ ARI||0||0||0||1.2||1||0||0||0||1|
|Sep 25||W 9 - 2||@ ARI||0||0||0||2.0||1||0||0||0||2|
|Sep 17||L 7 - 2||@ SF||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
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