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Tampa Bay Rays demote Josh Fleming, put Brett Phillips on IL

Aug 25, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Brett Phillips before action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 25, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Brett Phillips before action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays demoted left-hander Josh Fleming and placed outfielder Brett Phillips on the 10-day injured list Monday.

In corresponding transactions, the team activated right-hander J.P. Feyereisen off the IL and called up left-hander Dietrich Enns.

Fleming has 10 wins on the season but has struggled in the second half, including giving up four runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief Sunday at Baltimore. He lost his spot in the rotation when Chris Archer returned and his last three outings have been in relief. He has a 5.01 ERA on the season in 22 games (11 starts).

Phillips suffered an ankle sprain Sunday after leaping at the wall trying to take away a home run. He remained in the game. He’s hitting .215 with 10 home runs, 35 RBIs, 44 runs scored and 13 stolen bases on the season.

Feyereisen is 4-3 with a 2.81 ERA and three saves in 42 appearances this season. He returns from an IL stint due to shoulder discomfort.

Enns has appeared in three games this season. He hasn’t recorded a decision and has a 4.70 ERA.

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The Rays, sporting the second-best record in the majors, open a four-game home series against the division rival Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

–Field Level Media