Found March 06, 2012 on Fox Sports Florida:
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. At a towering 6-foot-9, 285 pounds, Jeff Niemann is not an easy guy to overlook. But oddly enough, hes been somewhat lost in the shuffle lately when the discussion focuses on the stellar starting five of the Tampa Bay Rays. Part of that is due to the career season enjoyed in 2011 by rotation ace James Complete Game Shields, the attention heaped on Jeremy Hellickson from his AL Rookie of the Year performance and the anticipation of seeing lefty phenom Matt Moore build on the sensational foundation he built after his call-up in September. Part of that is due to the abundance of talented arms, which led to frequent offseason speculation that the Rays would deal Niemann or Wade Davis for help elsewhere on the roster or move one of them to the bullpen as camp unfolds. And part of that is due to the injuries that have sidetracked Niemann in each of the past two seasons, the most recent a strained lower-back problem that forced him to spend 40 days on the disabled...
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