Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays v Indians: Niemann to DL, Gomes up, lineups
Posted Apr 5, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 5, 2013 at 05:18 PM
ST. PETERSBURG The Rays placed pitcher Jeff Niemann on the 15-day disabled list Friday afternoon with right shoulder soreness and recalled pitcher Brandon Gomes from Triple A Durham.
Niemann said he had been pitching through some soreness during spring training but it became worse this week as he tried to get his arm adjusted to pitching out of the bullpen.
“Trying to stay loose, stay warm, and that was more physically active than you are during your normal routine, and it just got to the point where it would be tough for me to go out there and compete at the level we need to compete at,” Niemann said. “At that point you’re puttying yourself in a bad spot and the team in a bad spot, so I had to say something.”
Niemann, who lost the competition to Roberto Hernandez for the final spot in the rotation, was expected to serve as the long man in the rotation.
He said the pain is similar to the injury he experienced last September after facing the Blue Jays Sept. 1 in Toronto, an injury that knocked him out of the rest of the season.
Niemann is scheduled to see the Rays team doctors later Friday afternoon and said he expects to know then how much time he will miss.
“We were fighting things, but at the same time we were always making progression, headed the right way,” Niemann said. “We got here and that kind of stopped. So we thought if we’re going backwards it just got to the point where it wasn’t where it needs to be.”
In other news, LHP Matt Moore makes his 2013 debut tonight as the Rays begin a three-game series with the visiting Indians. The key for him will be fastball command. If he can do that, he’s repeating his delivery, and if he’s doing that he’s throwing strikes.
Here are the lineups: