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By MARC TOPKIN, Times Staff Writer
Published September 2, 2007
Former Rays are everywhere it seems, and one recently departed one is in the middle of the NL Central race.
Now pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers: Seth McClung.
Traded five weeks ago for Grant Balfour and called up two weeks ago, McClung has made a good initial impression as a potential late-inning reliever.
"We heard all the negativity about his personality and lack of focus and all that stuff, but we think it's worth a chance and a gamble," Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash said. "If he can harness that and harness his stuff and we can get him pointed in the right direction, he could be a very valuable piece to us."
McClung, 26, sent to Triple-A Durham in late spring, said he appreciated what the Rays did for him but - especially given what he said were conflicting plans and instructions from a "split camp" - welcomed the chance to start anew.
"I don't think Tampa really knew what to do with me," the right-hander said. "I feel like coming over to these guys just let me do what I knew how to do. And it's translated into throwing a lot of strikes and a lot of success. I'm comfortable here. I think it's a good fit. I think I could find a home here."