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Rays designate reliever Josh Lueke for assignment, recall Kirby Yates

Jun 7, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

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Rays reliever Josh Lueke served up a two-run home run to Marcell Ozuna Friday night’s game, extending the Marlins’ lead from three runs to five runs. That was the last straw for the Rays with Lueke. Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the club has designated the right-hander for assignment and recalled Kirby Yates from Triple-A Durham.

Yates, 27, posted an impressive 0.36 ERA with a 35/9 K/BB ratio in 25 innings at Triple-A.

Lueke was ineffective on the mound. He posted a 5.64 ERA, allowing seven home runs in only 30 1/3 innings of work, and he had trouble missing bats. Overall, Lueke has a 6.16 ERA in 87 2/3 innings in his career.

Lueke also continued to be a lightning rod for criticism surrounding an incident during his minor league career in which he was charged with raping a woman in Bakersfield, California. Lueke lied to the police by saying he had no contact with the victim, then later pled down to lesser charges.

  1. aceshigh11 - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Gee, poor guy.

    I’m sure teams will be scrambling over themselves to snatch up this prize.

  2. drsteller - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Good riddance. Let’s hope that’s the last we see of this dirtbag.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Durham’s sex crime stats are about to skyrocket.

  4. raysfan1 - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Good. If/when he clears waivers, release him.

  5. indaburg - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    So glad to have him off the team. The negative karma surrounding him negated any potential upside. May he fade into obscurity.

  6. karlkolchak - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Hey, he lowered his ERA by half a run this year. The man was improving, I tell you. So unfair to such a likable fella.

  7. edelmanfanclub - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Girls are quick to call rape on celebs. This guy is actually a rapist, and a turd. Not a good reliever either.

    • Old Gator - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      That’s largely because celebs think they can get away with anything.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        I think we can all agree that if a girl doesn’t want to be raped while she’s puking in a toilet than she shouldn’t wear such a short skirt before she starts puking in a toilet.

      • lazyhorse420 - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        Pathetic generalization old gator…and I’m not sure if Edelman is calling luecke a celebrity? Thats innacurate.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      Go back to PFT with the rest of the neanderthals

  8. Old Gator - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    No sooner than they dump his rapist carcass than they break their losing streak. Karma, indeed.

    Yes, good riddance. Maybe some day some spawrts tork raydeeo host with a set of cojones will pin the Razed’ GM against the proverbial wall and ask him what he was thinking by bringing this piece of garbage into his clubhouse in the first place.

    And thank you, Marcell Ozuna, for administering the coup de grace.

  9. NatsLady - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Somewhere, Heath Bell is smiling (and collecting his check).

    • jwbiii - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:14 PM


  10. shanabartels - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Good riddance. May he never work in affiliated ball again.

  11. infieldhit - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Hey, there’s always the possibility he gets picked up by an NFL team.

  12. moosehog - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    I heard he’s bummed about the demotion and might go talk to a theRapist.

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