Tampa Bay DFAs Thompson.

The Tampa Bay Rays designated right-hander Ryan Thompson for assignment (DFA) on Aug. 17, MLB.com, the official site of Major League Baseball, reported.

On the same day, Tampa Bay placed right-handed reliever Kevin Kelly on the disabled list with a left ankle injury and recalled right-hander Hector Perez from Triple-A to sign a major league contract. They then DFA’d Thompson to make room on the 40-man roster for Perez.

Thompson, a 1992-born right-hander, was a Rule 5 draft success story and a mainstay in Tampa Bay’s bullpen. Selected by the Houston Astros in the 23rd round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, Thompson was selected by Tampa Bay in the minor league phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft.

In his debut with Tampa Bay in 2020, Thompson was mediocre with a 4.44 ERA in 25 regular-season games, but quickly emerged as a key bullpen arm in the postseason that year, posting a 1.93 ERA in nine games with three holds. Thompson was a big part of Tampa Bay’s World Series runner-up finish with his bullpen baseball.

In 2021, Thompson pitched 36 games with 11 saves and a 2.38 ERA, and in 2022, he pitched 47 games with 10 saves and a 3.80 ERA. While he pitched well, health was an issue. He had shoulder problems in 2021 and a triceps injury in 2022.

This season, he bounced back and forth between the minors with a latissimus dorsi injury, and in the big leagues, he was just 4-4 with a 6.11 ERA in 18 games. Ultimately, Tampa Bay cut Thompson after his yearly struggles to stay healthy and declining performance. 먹튀검증

In four seasons with Tampa Bay, Thompson appeared in 126 games and pitched 120.2 innings, going 8-9 with 29 saves and a 3.88 ERA.