Niemann to miss start due to blister
Jeff Niemann will skip his scheduled start against the Red Sox due to a blister.
Niemann recently won the final spot in the rotation over Wade Davis, but isn't scheduled for his first regular-season start until April 11 or 12. At this point, the Rays are saying they don't expect the blister to be an issue then, though they are not certain when he will resume throwing. The Rays are saying only that the blister is on his right hand.
The Rays will use the bullpen to work Saturday's game, with Kyle Farnsworth the likely starter. Wade Davis will see his first action out of the bullpen.
Also, manager Joe Maddon said RHP Fernando Rodney is still swollen and sore from being hit by a line drive on Wednesday and there is no date for his return to the mound but he should be ready to start the season.