ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The choice wasn't simple, but in the end, Juan Carlos Oviedo was viewed as the odd arm out.
With right-hander Jeremy Hellickson's return to the rotation Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays designated Oviedo, a right-handed reliever, for assignment before the second game of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Oviedo made 32 appearances with the Rays (31 2/3 innings) and posted a 3.69 ERA with one save and 26 strikeouts, all earned this season, after he made his return to the majors following Tommy John surgery in September 2012.
"Not easy," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Oviedo, we had rehabbed him for a long time after he had been hurt. He had showed some really good moments this season. It was not an easy choice, actually. But one thing we do have is bullpen arms, whether it's here or in the minor leagues. So just looking at the whole thing and trying to evaluate what you have and what you look like going forward, it was him."