RHP Jake Odorizzi was optioned to Triple-A Durham Tuesday night, and it was not — at least completely — due to his performance on the mound.

But Odorizzi didn't help his cause by lasting four innings in Monday's start. And with RHP Jeremy Hellickson going 51/3 innings Tuesday, the Rays sent Odorizzi down to make room for a fresh arm for the worn-out bullpen.

The Rays will announce that move today, with LHP Alex Torres, who was optioned exactly 10 days ago following an impressive stint, a possibility. They could then call up a starter later in the week to take Odorizzi's slot Saturday in Cleveland, with RHP Chris Archer an option.

The bullpen has thrown 81/3 innings the past two games, with RHP Joel Peralta appearing in his fourth straight, and AL-leading 28th, matching a season-high 24 pitches.

"We have to make sure that we're covered in the bullpen so nobody gets hurt and we can disperse the work properly," manager Joe Maddon said. "There's been a lot of craziness among the bullpen, so we need to square that up."

Odorizzi (0-0, 9.00) made two starts in place of injured ace LHP David Price. He was eager to get another shot after struggling Monday, charged with six runs after being given a 6-0 lead.

"I'm disappointed," Odorizzi said. "Even if I had got the win (Monday), it wouldn't really have mattered. It wasn't a reflection of outings or anything. They just needed somebody, and I was the lucky guy."

STEPPING UP: As bad as RHP Roberto Hernandez has been in his past two starts, there's nowhere to go but up in tonight's outing in Miami.

But Maddon said the key for Hernandez turning it around is keeping the ball down.

Hernandez, a veteran sinkerballer, has allowed 10 runs on 14 hits in a combined six innings in his past two starts. He has given up 10 homers in 482/3 innings, more than twice his career mark. Maddon said they've given Hernandez some strategic suggestions about using his "better pitches at the right time," referring to his slider and changeup. But, no matter what, Maddon is looking for low strikes, and high spirits.

"We've just got to get him back on task," Maddon said.