Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/16/12

Wade Davis lost his two-seasons-plus hold on a spot in the rotation at the end of spring training when the Tampa Bay Rays decided to make room for rookie Matt Moore and chose to keep Jeff Niemann starting and move Davis to the bullpen.

However, even with Niemann sidelined for at least six weeks due to a fractured right leg, Davis won't get his spot back.

Manager Joe Maddon said Davis would remain in the bullpen because of the good job he is doing and valuable role he is filling. The Rays will plug the spot in the rotation, which comes up next on Saturday against Atlanta, by calling up a starter from Class AAA, either Alex Cobb, who started nine games for Tampa Bay last year, or Chris Archer, who has yet to reach the majors.

"If we can spot one of our young guys and keep him doing what he's doing," Maddon said, "I think it makes us better."

Davis has pitched well in relief, posting a 2.04 ERA in 12 appearances, though he has been used mainly as a long and middle man. Maddon likes what he has seen.

"Part of it is I really like where he's at in the bullpen," the manager said. "I think he's done a great job and he's getting to the point where he and his body are understanding it better. ... I like him there. I'm not afraid of him in a hot moment because he's been there before."

Davis didn't pitch Tuesday, but the bullpen did its job in the Rays' 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Joel Peralta and Fernando Rodney each threw a scoreless inning to close out the victory.

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