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Rays' Davis, Niemann will have shoulders examined

Aug 8, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

Uh oh. Word comes from the Tampa Tribune's Tony Fabrizio that the Rays have sent both Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann back to St. Petersburg to be examined Monday by team orthopedist Dr. Koco Eaton...

Uh oh.  Word comes from the Tampa Tribune’s Tony Fabrizio that the Rays have sent both Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann back to St. Petersburg to be examined Monday by team orthopedist Dr. Koco Eaton.

“Both of them have been experiencing the same kind of posterior shoulder
soreness,” manager Joe Maddon told the Tribune. “Again we don’t think either rone
is a long term situation of any kind but we want to make sure before we
put them out there.”

Niemann had a start skipped this weekend, so it’s no surprise, but Davis’ issues are new.  The rookie topped out at 158.2 innings last season for Triple-A Durham and has already reached 121.1 total frames this year in the big leagues.  Perhaps he’s hitting a wall.

The Rays held Jeremy Hellickson back from his scheduled Sunday start at Triple-A and could call him up next week if either Davis or Niemann is forced to the disabled list.  Hellickson threw seven innings of two-run ball in his major league debut against the Twins last week and would be a fine fill-in.  But it’s not exactly an ideal time for a Wild Card-leading team to begin losing starters.

  1. Buccofan - Aug 8, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Not to be nasty about it, but when IS “an ideal time for a Wild Card-leading team to begin losing starters”?
    The good thing for the Rays is that they have that rare situation, adequate or better backup SPs. Hellickson and Sonnanstine (or at least yesterday’s version of Sonnanstine) are a darned sight better than what most teams would have to recall.

  2. jwbinss - Aug 9, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    What else do you expect from the Rays and Madden? He uses up his young pitchers by never giving them a rotation off and by September their arms are shot. The Rays have no commitment to keeping these guys so their philosophy is: Use em and lose em.

  3. BC - Aug 9, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Uh-oh.
    How long until Price had shoulder stiffness. He’s thrown a ton of innings this year.

  4. Pier588 - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    BC – sounds like you are a new Ray fan and know nothing about the team or a Dumig disciple who likes to ride Madden like a roller coaster at Busch Gardens no matter what he does.
    That “no commitment” comment is more like your “personal philosophy” or a parrot of someone elses’ than how the Rays actually do business.

  5. Pier588 - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Sorry BC – my comment was meant as a reply for the jwbinss post.

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