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Jeff Niemann out indefinitely with inflammation in rotator cuff

Sep 3, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

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After missing 3 1/2 months with a fractured right fibula, Jeff Niemann exited his start against the Blue Jays on Saturday after just 3 1/3 innings with what was initially described as right arm tightness. It turns out the injury could end his season.

According to Marc Topkin of Tampa Bay Times, Niemann is out indefinitely after an exam by Dr. Koco Eaton today revealed slight inflammation in his right rotator cuff. While he hopes his condition will improve with a couple of days of rest, he’s not sure if he’ll be able to make it back this year.

David Price, James Shields, Matt Moore, Jeremy Hellickson and Alex Cobb have been fantastic, so the Rays should be able to get by fine in the rotation, but Niemann could have been asked to make another spot start or two in September. Now that assignment would likely fall to Chris Archer, who is expected to join the club later this week.

  1. raysfan1 - Sep 3, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Sucks for him. Good thing for the team though that it is the one area where they have depth.

    • indaburg - Sep 3, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      Yeah, feel bad for the guy but the Rays don’t miss him. I remember thinking in the off season that the Rays should have traded one of their pitchers for a good and consistent bat, but with Niemann’s injury, it’s a good thing they didn’t.

  2. hittfamily - Sep 3, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Watching the Rays tonight was painful.

    Their catchers can’t hit for shit.

    Does anyone know why they wouldn’t treat their catchers as relief pitchers, and pinch hit for them every at bat? Chris Gimenez got the winning hit, but he is horrible. With 4 catchers on the 40 man roster, why doesn’t each one get pinch hit for every time it is his turn at bat.

    Want to turn a .510 OPS catching platoon into a .700+? Have Pena, Fuld, Scott, Keppinger, etc etc pinch hit every at bat. Use 4 catchers per game.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 4, 2012 at 5:23 AM

      The Rays have surplus starting pitching. Next season, the Jays will have surplus catching as both Arencibia and top prospect d’Arnaud should be healthy. Would both teams be willing to trade within their division?

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