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Cash to get creative without southpaw in 'pen

Cedeno placed on disabled list Friday; Farquhar to be primary arm vs. lefties
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ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays will be without a left hander in the bullpen for the first time since April 24, 2015, after they placed Xavier Cedeno on the 10-day DL with forearm tightness, retroactive to April 18.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said he will have to be creative to get through the dilemma.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays will be without a left hander in the bullpen for the first time since April 24, 2015, after they placed Xavier Cedeno on the 10-day DL with forearm tightness, retroactive to April 18.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said he will have to be creative to get through the dilemma.

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"We're fortunate we've got a guy like Danny Farquhar that matches up pretty well against lefties," Cash said. "But we'll have to find some other guys that can go in there and get some big outs against [lefties]. Obviously you're not going to replace [Cedeno] because of what he's provided for us over the past two years. But we will just have to find a way."

Cash, however, said he wants to get Farquhar some rest before adjusting his role. Farquhar has made nine appearances in relief this season and is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in 9 1/3 innings.

"We've used Danny a lot," Cash said. "I think he threw close to 30 pitches [on Friday]. Once we kind of get him freshened back up, we could probably see him in a very heavy left-handed role."

Cash said that Cedeno will get checked out by the team doctors Saturday to get a better idea of how much time he will miss. The Rays recalled right-hander Ryan Garton from Triple-A Durham in a corresponding move.

Worth noting

Jake Odorizzi, who is on the DL with a left hamstring strain, threw 37 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday afternoon. He can rejoin the team as early as next Thursday but Cash expects him to miss at least two starts.

• Outfielder Colby Rasmus is scheduled to play in a rehab game in Double-A Montgomery on Saturday. Rasmus, who was involved in an outfield collision in his last rehab game on April 6, is recovery from right hip surgery.

Corey Long is a contributor to MLB.com.

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