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WNY product Geltz gets call to join Rays' bullpen on Monday

TORONTO -- One quick note of great news on the way out of Rogers Centre: The Tampa Bay Rays have announced their September callups and will be purchasing the contract of Ransomville native and former University at Buffalo pitcher Steve Geltz on Monday from the Durham Bulls.

Geltz, 26, is 3-3 with a 2.38 ERA in 29 games this year for Durham, which won the International League South. He has 60 strikeouts and 17 walks in 41 1/3 innings, and has held opponents to a .184 batting average.

(See Geltz's season and career stats here)

It's the second big-league callup for Geltz, who pitched two games for the Los Angeles Angels in 2012. He was traded to Tampa Bay in March, 2013 and was a standout for Durham as it won the Governors' Cup last season.

Geltz was a spring training invite to Tampa's camp in Port Charlotte, Fla., but his season was derailed early when he was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for a second positive test for a "substance of abuse."

Geltz dealt with that situation head-on, admitting to me it was a marijuana issue as I wrote in Inside Baseball on July 12.

Now he's back in the big leagues again. The Rays close their series with the Red Sox Monday in Tropicana Field, then host the Blue Jays for three.

Geltz's family and friends can see him play here in a three-game set Sept. 12-14.

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