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Rays designate veteran RHP Heath Hembree

Mar 7, 2023; Clearwater, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Heath Hembree (53) throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth inning during spring training at BayCare Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran right-hander Heath Hembree was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday as the club recalled right-hander Zack Burdi from Triple-A Durham.

Hembree, 34, signed with the Rays in January and made his lone appearance with the club Tuesday against the Houston Astros when he did not give up a hit in 1 1/3 innings.

Hembree was with his eighth team in 11 major league seasons. He is 21-13 with a 4.37 ERA over 358 relief appearances, going back to 2013 with the San Francisco Giants. He spent six-plus seasons with the Boston Red Sox.

Burdi, 28, is a former first-round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in 2016 that is hoping for a fresh start with the Rays. Burdi, who signed with the Rays in January, has not pitched in the major leagues since making seven combined appearances for the White Sox and Baltimore Orioles in 2021.

In 15 major league appearances over his career, Burdi is 0-1 with a 7.79 ERA. He had a 6.75 ERA in six appearances at Triple-A Durham this season.

–Field Level Media