Aug 24, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT
The Rays lost starters Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann on the same day in early August and in the middle of their ongoing hunt for the American League East crown. Today the East is all tied up, with the Yanks and Rays sharing a .616 winning percentage, and both Davis and Niemann are projected to return right on time.
Davis threw a simulated game this weekend, according to MLB.com’s Bill Chastain, and has been cleared to start Tuesday night’s game against the Angels.
Niemann also threw a simulated game over the weekend and is expected to return from the disabled list for Wednesday’s series finale.
Davis, 24, has turned in an impressive 2010 season despite constant pressure from ready-to-soar prospect Jeremy Hellickson and a rough June that saw him go 0-5 with a 6.00 ERA. The right-handed Davis has not registered a loss since June 27 and carved up some pretty tough lineups in the month of July. He should finish August strong and help carry the Rays through September.
- And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights 13
- MLB suspends Jonathan Papelbon seven games for incident during Sunday’s game 34
- VIDEO: Jacob deGrom begins game with eight straight strikeouts to tie MLB record 10
- Bud Selig says MLB and players union will meet this week about domestic abuse policy 8
- And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights 67
- Cuban slugger Yasmani Tomas to command $100 million? 30
- Bruce and Brett Bochy make MLB history 33
- Settling the Score: Saturday’s results 17
- Chris Davis suspended 25 games for amphetamine use (92)
- A few thoughts about the discrimination lawsuit against the Mets (91)
- Giancarlo Stanton diagnosed with multiple facial fractures and dental damage (91)
- Bud Selig can’t remember the last domestic violence incident in Major League Baseball (87)
- A couple of initial thoughts on the Chris Davis suspension (83)