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Rays Designate Albert Suarez For Assignment

FT. MYERS FL - FEBRUARY 22:  Albert Suarez #50 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day on February 22 2011 at the Charlotte Sports Complex in Port Charlotte Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FT. MYERS FL - FEBRUARY 22: Albert Suarez #50 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day on February 22 2011 at the Charlotte Sports Complex in Port Charlotte Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Rays have designated right-handed pitcher Albert Suarez for assignment and off the team's 40-man roster, according to Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times. The move was made in order to clear a roster spot on the Rays roster for newly acquired outfielder Ben Francisco.

The move starts a ten day clock for the Rays to trade, release or outright Suarez to the minor leagues. The third of which is most likely, considering the 22-year-old pitcher is in Class-A Advanced still and has no major league service time.

The righty starter has posted a 4.08 ERA across 125 2/3 innings of work this season in 25 starts, while sporting a strikeout-to-walk ratio just north of 2. It is his second full season with the Rays High A affiliate in Charlotte.