by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Niemann is not expected to return this season after having right shoulder surgery last week.
Jeff Niemann has successful surgery
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann underwent successful surgery Wednesday on his right shoulder, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Niemann is expected to be done for the season as the surgery corrected some labrum and rotator cuff issues for the hurler.
Jeff Niemann likely done for season
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) The Rays' pitching staff was dealt a severe blow after the team announced Jeff Niemann will likely miss the remainder of the season with a right shoulder injury. Niemann, who did not make an appearance this year, is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday to correct some labrum and rotator cuff issues.
"He feels he can't compete at this level without it," Tampa Bay athletic trainer Ron Porterfield told MLB.com. "He feels like right now it's bothering him too much that he just doesn't have his confidence that he can do what he needs to do."
Jeff Niemann to undergo shoulder surgery
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann will undergo shoulder surgery, the Tampa Bay Times reports Monday night.
The Rays have said the surgery is "most likely" season-ending for Niemann.
Niemann attempted to win a spot in the starting rotation this spring but lost out to Roberto Hernandez.
Jeff Niemann seems destined for surgery
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Tampa Bay pitcher Jeff Niemann, who is being re-evaluated Monday with the results of an MRI possibly not coming until Tuesday, seems destined for season-ending right shoulder surgery, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The loss of Niemann would hurt Tampa Bay's pitching depth. Roberto Hernandez won the No. 5 rotation spot in spring training, but the Rays were hoping Niemann would fill in if Hernandez faltered.
Jeff Niemann to get MRI Monday
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann hasnt had an MRI that would diagnose the issue with his sore right shoulder, reports MLB.com Sunday. Niemann is heading with the team to Texas and is expecting to have the MRI Monday.
Niemann has some inflammation in the shoulder, but more will be known following the MRI.
Jeff Niemann to get second opinion on shoulder
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Rays starting pitcher Jeff Niemann will travel to Texas with the team to get a second opinion on his shoulder. He was placed on the disabled list Friday with right shoulder soreness.
"I'm sure there's going to be tests involved to draw some conclusions," Rays manager Joe Maddon told MLB.com. "But that's where it's at right now."
Soreness lands Jeff Niemann on DL
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/5/2013) The Rays placed pitcher Jeff Niemann on the 15-day disabled list Friday with right shoulder soreness. Niemann did not make a relief appearance in Tampa Bay's first series against Baltimore after being bumped to the bullpen when he missed out on a rotation spot during the spring.
Jeff Niemann OK with bullpen gig
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/2/2013) Rays reliever Jeff Niemann, who lost the competition for the No. 5 rotation spot to Roberto Hernandez during spring training, is OK with his bullpen role.
He's just not sure how he'll be used, reports MLB.com Tuesday.
"I don't think that's really come up in conversation," Niemann said. "But we're going down there and treating it like anything else. I've been down there before, so it's not going to be a complete surprise. We're just going down there, getting ourselves ready to pitch every day. Looking at the personnel, I would think I'm the long guy, so let's hope I'm not in there for a while."
Niemann, 30, had a solid spring with a 2.92 ERA over 24 2/3 innings with 17 strikeouts. He certainly could get back to starting later in the season.
Jeff Niemann to open season in long relief
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/29/2013) Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann will open the season in a long relief role, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports. Roberto Hernandez (formerly Fausto Carmona) won the fifth-starter job in Tampa.
Niemann hasn't had a MLB start over five innings since May 14, 2012 and struggled with velocity all spring, often failing to crack 90 mph with his fastball. The Rays still view him as a starter in the future and will give him an opportunity to continue stretching out in long relief, as the 30-year-old is out of options.
Niemann's results in spring training were fine -- he allowed a 2.92 ERA in 24.2 innings with 17 strikeouts against four walks -- but without the velocity showing up, the Rays didn't feel comfortable trusting him every fifth day.
However, if Hernandez struggles early, it appears he'll have a chance to work his way back into the rotation.
Jeff Niemann has strong start during roster push
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann had a great final spring start. Niemann went six strong innings, giving up just two hits and striking out three. Niemann is battling Roberto Hernandez for the fifth spot in the club's rotation. Niemann finished the spring with a strong 2.92 ERA.
Roberto Hernandez out of rotation running?
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) It appears that Jeff Niemann will slot into the final rotation spot for manager Joe Maddon and the Rays. That is because Roberto Hernandez struggled in his final spring start against Philadelphia Tuesday.
Hernandez allowed nine earned runs on 11 hits and a walk over six innings. He did not strike out a batter and allowed a two-run home run to Freddy Galvis in the fifth. His ERA is 5.33 on the Grapefruit League season, and he's likely to be the long man in the bullpen.
Rays No. 5 starter competition winding down
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/23/2013) Rays manager Joe Maddon expects to make his final decision on the final spot in the starting rotation by the middle of next week. He is choosing between Roberto Hernandez and Jeff Niemann, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Hernandez has appeared in six spring games and has pitched to a 3.00 ERA over 21 innings with 14 strikeouts. Niemann has a 3.86 ERA over 18 2/3 innings with 14 Ks.
Jeff Niemann battered by Orioles
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/22/2013)Jeff Niemann was roughed up by the Orioles on Friday for 10 hits and five runs over six innings. The start marks the first time this spring Niemann has allowed more than one run in an outing. He now owns a 3.86 ERA in 18.2 innings with 14 strikeouts against four walks.
Niemann remains locked in a battle for the Rays' fifth starter spot with Roberto Hernandez (formerly Fausto Carmona). Hernandez owns a 3.00 ERA and 2.8 K/BB through 21 spring innings.
Rays manager postponing SP decision
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/21/2013) Rays manager Joe Maddon said Thursday a decision on the team's fifth starter likely won't happen after this turn through the rotation, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Hernandez is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA through five spring outings (four starts), while Niemann is 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA through five spring outings (three starts).
Rays not worried about Jeff Niemann's speed limit
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/15/2013) A day after starting pitcher Jeff Niemann was regularly clocked below his normal velocity, Rays manager Joe Maddon said he was not concerned about the right-hander. Niemann, who was shut down early last September with shoulder inflammation, is competing with Roberto Hernandez for the final spot in the starting rotation.
"He was not wincing. There were no issues," Maddon told MLB.com on Friday. "He got sharper as the game was in progress. His velocity came up to 87-88 on occasion but definitely had good movement. He was fine. There were no issues."
Niemann said movement, rather than velocity, was his priority during the 71-pitch outing. He finished with three strikeouts and three walks.
Jeff Niemann looking good
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/14/2013) Rays starting pitcher Jeff Niemann continues to battle for the fifth starter’s job in spring training, and he put in another solid day's work Thursday in Grapefruit League action against the Orioles. Niemann struggled a bit with his control in the outing, walking three in 4 1/3 innings, but was able to effectively pitch around those issues. He struck out three batters and allowed four hits. Niemann left the game without allowing a run, however, reliever Juan Sandoval did allow a run to score on an inherited runner in the fifth inning. Niemann lowered his ERA to 2.13 on the spring, with nine strikeouts and three walks in 12 2/3 innings.
Niemann improving his chances
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/9/2013) Rays starting pitcher Jeff Niemann permitted one run and four hits over 3 2/3 innings during Tampa Bay's 15-7 victory over Philadelphia in a Grapefruit League contest Saturday. Niemann earned the start -- his second of the spring -- and pitched into the fourth inning for the first time. He recorded three strikeouts and did not issue a walk to maintain a glistening 0.84 WHIP after four total exhibition outings.
Niemann gets more work
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/4/2013) Rays right-hander Jeff Niemann, who went just one inning in each of his first two spring appearances, went 2 2/3 in relief of Jeremy Hellickson Monday at the Red Sox. He allowed one run on three hits with no walks and one strikeout.
Niemann goes one in start
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/27/2013) After recording two strikeouts in a perfect inning of relief in his spring debut Saturday, Rays right-hander Jeff Niemann, who was limited to 38 innings last year because of a broken right fibula, lasted only one in his first spring start at the Pirates Wednesday. He made it quick and easy, though, retiring the side in order on three ground balls. It was his second straight outing in which he threw 11 pitches. "If we can stay at that number all year, it'd be great," he told the Tampa Bay Times.
Rockies have interest in Niemann
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/24/2013)The Denver Post reports a major-league source said the Rockies have discussed an interest in trading for Rays starting pitcher Jeff Niemann. The Rays have expressed interest in Rockies pitcher Christian Friedrich. The talks reportedly began before spring training.
Niemann sharp to start spring
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/23/2013) Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann had a sharp start to his spring on Saturday against the Pirates in Grapefruit League action. Niemann entered in the second inning after starter Roberto Hernandez. He struck out two batters in a perfect inning before giving way to Fernando Rodney. Niemann went 1-2-3 in his inning of work.
Niemann in mix for final spot
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/13/2013) Tampa Bay starting candidate Jeff Niemann is vying to become the No. 5 starter for manager Joe Maddon and the Rays this season, reports MLB.com Wednesday. Maddon said Niemann is "right in the thick of things" to claim the final spot behind David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore and Alex Cobb. "Over the last couple of years he may have been the best pitcher in stretches that we had," Maddon said. "You just don't know where he's going to be. Just have to wait and see on him. We'll have to evaluate him as we go along."
Niemann, Rays reach agreement
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (1/18/2013) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported on Friday that the Tampa Bay Rays and pitcher Jeff Niemann have agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal, avoiding arbitration.