Rays activate closer Colome from DL

Rays activate closer Colome from DL

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays closer Alex Colome was activated from the disabled list prior to Tampa Bay's game on Tuesday against the Angels. Danny Farquhar was optioned to Triple-A Durham.

Colome had medial biceps tendinitis, and he last pitched on June 18 against the Giants, when he allowed a game-winning, three-run homer to Joe Panik in the ninth inning. He has only allowed six runs all season, and is a perfect 19-for-19 in save opportunities this year. He hasn't allowed a run in a save opportunity all season.

He will resume the closer's role he adapted to so well at the start of the season. Colome's presence defines the roles of the bullpen better, manager Kevin Cash said, and Colome feels refreshed and good to go, despite not taking a rehab stint.

"Now, I feel like I'm not so tired, like when I pitched every day," Colome said. "Good to go."

Farquhar recorded 4 1/3 innings pitched since his most recent callup on June 27. He allowed three home runs during that span and five earned runs. He's allowed only one home run in 24 2/3 innings this season for Durham. Farquhar has 18 career Major League saves, but has lacked effectiveness in his only season with the Rays.

"I'm [lucky] the way it worked out that we caught [Colome's] injury," Cash said. "He was pretty up front in saying that he didn't feel right. We were able to avoid him for a little bit, and then it kind of made the most sense to go on the DL. Now he's right back here when his time was up."

Kiermaier eyeing rehab starts

Kiermaier uses right hand

Kevin Kiermaier will likely begin taking batting practice either Wednesday or Thursday as he gets closer in his return from a fractured left hand he hurt diving for a ball on May 21.

The Rays' Platinum Glove center fielder will travel to Boston with the team this weekend to continue taking batting practice. He then hopes to play in a few Minor League rehab games during the Major League All-Star break.

Kiermaier's goal is to be activated when the Rays host the Orioles in the first series out of the All-Star break, but nothing is set in stone. Not only does he have to rehab his hand, he has to regain strength in his legs, Cash said.

"We hope it's sometime shortly after the break," Cash said. "I don't have an exact day. There's a lot that goes into what he's doing now. That's a pretty big jump to go in and play games."

Sam Blum is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.