McGee had arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow and will begin next season on the disabled list. The team said Tuesday the 28-year-old reliever had a ''loose body'' removed from his elbow last week and is doing well. A full recovery is expected, however the Rays will wait until spring training begins to establish a timetable for his return.
McGee appeared in 73 games last season, going 5-2 with 19 saves and a 1.89 ERA. He struck out 90 in 70 1-3 innings.
The Tampa Bay Rays have activated reliever Jake McGee from the paternity list and optioned right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to Double-A Montgomery. The moves were announced before Sunday's game against Toronto.
McGee missed two games after his wife gave birth to a daughter on Thursday.
The Tampa Bay Rays have activated shortstop Yunel Escobar from the disabled list and placed McGee on the paternity list.
McGee's wife gave birth to a daughter on Thursday.