The Tampa Bay Rays designated for assignment relief pitcher Gary Glover on Monday. Glover, who was sent to the disabled list on July 20, was the odd man out in the Rays’ bullpen after being activated, as Grant Balfour has emerged into a strong late-innings option and Jason Hammel is needed to serve as the long reliever on the staff. The move was not a surprise, however, as the veteran right-hander was sent home to St. Petersburg on Sunday instead of accompanying his teammates on a charter flight to Toronto. In addition, he has not been effective this season, posting a 5.82 ERA and 1.76 WHIP in 34.0 innings pitched over 29 appearances. He was especially ineffective against left-hander hitters, registering an opponents’ line of .317/.397/.460 against them.
For his poor performance and inability to preserve leads on numerous occasions earlier this season, Glover has drawn scorn from the growing Tampa Bay fan base. The seven-year veteran struggled in the Rays’ bullpen in 2007 as well, finishing with a 4.89 ERA in 77.1 innings pitched. He was arguably one of the most capable members of one of the worst relief corps in the majors, though, as the group combined to end the year with the highest relievers’ ERA in the past half century.
The Rays have 10 days to trade Glover or put him through waivers. If there are no suitors, then he can either accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Durham or choose to become a free agent.