Rodney, Niemann closer to returns
Both Fernando Rodney (forearm bruise) and Jeff Niemann (blister) threw well in bullpen sessions in Port Charlotte this morning, pitching coach Jim Hickey said, and are set to return to action this week barring day-after issues.
Rodney will throw in Tuesday's game in Fort Myers. Niemann, who had the blister on his middle finger covered Sunday, will work in the Wednesday exhibition at Tropicana Field. Matt Moore will also pitch in that game, played against Rays minor-leaguers.