Maryland baseball had another alum called up to the big leagues over the weekend.
Reliever Adam Kolarek was called up by the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, and he rewarded the organization with a scoreless inning against the Mets on the same day.
It's the lefty's second Major League call-up, after posting a 1-0 record and a 6.48 ERA over 8.1 innings in 2017. He had to earn his way back up, making 29 appearances with the Triple-A Durham Bulls. He showcased his arm in Durham, and had a 4-1 record through 42.1 innings with a 1.70 ERA and 50 strikeouts.
The Baltimore native spent three seasons with the Terps from 2008-10, before being drafted in the 11th round by the very same Mets in 2010. Kolarek stayed with New York for five seasons, before being waved and joining Tampa Bay in 2015.
He becomes just the second Maryland alum to appear in the majors this season, joining the St. Louis Cardinals’ Brett Cecil. Two other Terps are currently in Triple-A, as second baseman Brandon Lowe is raking for Durham and outfielder Lamonte Wade has been batting well for the Rochester Red Wings. Meanwhile, righty Mike Shawaryn has been bringing the heat for Double-A Portland Sea Dogs.
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