Who is Cooper Criswell?

Who is Cooper Criswell? And why is he starting for the Rays tonight?

The 26-year-old right-hander was guaranteed off waivers from the Angels in July and sent to Triple-A just days later

Hit up five pitchers from Triple-A Durham, three of whom will be dynamic this evening

Two of them, Javy Guerra and Kevin Herget, will be added to the 40-man roster

Two others, Josh Fleming (who is on the 40-man roster) and Jimmy Yacabonis (who isn't), will be on the taxi squad and available for duty later in the week

The Rays required somebody to work various innings and Criswell was the freshest choice at Durham, having worked four innings last Wednesday

Criswell, 6-foot-6, 200 pounds, contributed eight games for the Bulls, beginning three

He is 1-0 with a 3.95 ERA and 22 strikeouts and five walks over 27-1/3 innings