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Rays rumors: Jeff Niemann released, now free agent

After missing most of 2012 and all of 2013 to shoulder problems, starting pitcher Jeff Niemann is no longer on the Tampa Bay Rays’ roster. NBC’s Aaron Gleeman reports that the Rays have dropped Niemann from their 40-man roster. In so doing, the Rays essentially gave Niemann a choice of returning to the Minor Leagues or becoming a free agent. He chose free agency. Niemann...
Via Sports Injury Alert
November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Jeff Niemann to have surgery, miss season

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jeff Niemann will have season-ending shoulder surgery after deciding rest wouldn't be enough to get him back to full strength. Niemann's surgery will be performed Wednesday in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by Texas Rangers team doctor Keith Meister, who gave the pitcher a second opinion Monday. The 30-year-old Niemann estimated...
Via Fox Sports Florida
April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays' Jeff Niemann may need shoulder surgery

Shoulder surgeries are now becoming more frightening for pitchers than elbow surgeries.  With the advancements in Tommy John surgery, pitchers can return sooner than they ever could before.  For Jeff Niemann and the Rays, any surgery is going to be a problem, but shoulder surgery appears likely. The Rays and Niemann are waiting on a second opinion, but according to Marc Topkin...
Via MLB Injury News
April 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays' Niemann put on 15-day disabled list

The Tampa Bay Rays have put right-hander Jeff Niemann on the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in his pitching shoulder. The move was retroactive to March 28 and announced before Friday night's game against the Cleveland Indians. Niemann has yet to appear in a game this season. He competed for the fifth spot in the starting rotation during spring training and was moved...
Via AP on Fox
April 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Jeff Niemann to DL with shoulder soreness

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Jeff Niemann must overcome a health obstacle, again. The Tampa Bay Rays announced Friday that they have placed the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list because of right shoulder soreness. Brandon Gomes, a right-hander, was recalled from Class AAA Durham to take Niemanns place in the bullpen. Weve been fighting this for a while, Niemann said. The whole...
Via Fox Sports Florida
April 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Niemann returns to mound against Toronto

The last time Jeff Niemann took the mound for Tampa Bay, it came more than three months ago in Toronto and ended rather abruptly. Back from a fractured right leg, Niemann looks to help the struggling Rays avoid a third straight loss Saturday while trying to prevent the Blue Jays from matching a season high with their fourth consecutive victory. Niemann (2-3, 3.38 ERA) last pitched...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Rays pitcher pitched on broken leg

Jeff Niemann took a liner off his right leg in the first inning but continued on and finished out the inning. It was later discovered that his leg was fractured by the ball.

Via No Guts, No Glory
May 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Niemann starts in rubber game vs. Twins

Back in the lineup, B.J. Upton appears ready to once again contribute for the Tampa Bay Rays. Coming off a big performance in his second game of the year, Upton looks to help the Rays to a second straight victory and a series win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday at Tropicana Field. Coming off a 2011 season where he hit 23 home runs and drove in 81, Upton began this year on the...
Via Fox Sports Florida
April 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Niemann remains optimistic despite challenges

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...
Via Fox Sports Florida
March 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Niemann and Rays argue in salary arbitration

Jeff Niemann and the Tampa Bay Rays have gone to salary arbitration, with the pitcher asking for $3.2 million and the team offering $2.75 million. Niemann was 11-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 23 starts last season, when he didn't pitch between May 4 and June 20 because of a strained back. He made $903,000. Arbitrators James Oldham, Howard Edelman and Mark Irvings heard arguments Thursday...
Via AP on Fox
February 02, 2012  |  Discuss
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