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Rays activate Joel Peralta, designate Erik Bedard for assignment

Joel Peralta

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Joel Peralta celebrates after getting Texas Rangers’ Ian Kinsler for the final out in the bottom of the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


Rays reliever Joel Peralta is back from the disabled list after being sidelined with what he believes was a case of chikungunya virus contracted while in the Dominican Republic and to make room for him on the roster the Rays have designated Erik Bedard for assignment.

Bedard was demoted from the rotation to the bullpen three weeks ago, but has barely pitched since then and at age 35 could be nearing the end of the line.

He still misses a decent number of bats, but Bedard has never had good control, served up 10 homers in 76 innings, and hasn’t posted an ERA better than 4.50 since 2011.

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