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Schultz returns as rosters expand

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Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jaime Schultz (57) throws a pitch.
September 4, 2018 01:09 pm

Maple Hill High School graduate Jaime Schultz is back with the Tampa Bay Rays after being called up for the third time this season.

“We know what Jaime can do, so we’ll throw him right back in the mix,” manager Kevin Cash told MLB.com after the call-up over the weekend. “He might get some opportunities to open, but we’ll see how that plays out.”

True to his word, the relief pitcher got in the game on Monday night, tossing one inning of no-hit ball, giving up one walk to close out the Rays’ 7-1 victory over Toronto.

This season, Schultz has appeared in 13 games for Tampa Bay, going 1-0 in 20 2/3 innings pitched. On his ledger, Schultz has 23 strikeouts, 13 walks and a 4.35 ERA. Opposing batters are hitting .152.

When he is playing with the Durham Bulls in Triple A, the former Wildcat is 2-1 with three saves in 36 innings. He had 56 Ks and 23 walks.

With MLB roster expanded to 40, it’s a safe bet that Schultz will close out the season in the majors.