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Rotation shuffling yields another Sonnanstine start

RHP Andy Sonnanstine isn't out of the Rays rotation yet after all.

After a 45-minute meeting with exec VP Andrew Friedman, manager Joe Maddon and pitching coach Jim Hickey, the Rays announced plans to shuffle their rotation. The most immediate change is that Sonnanstine will start Friday in Seattle, with Jeremy Hellickson pushed back to Saturday.

Basically the Rays will use six starters for one turn through the rotation to compensate for the addition of the June 13 makeup game at Detroit, with the idea being how they set the rotation up going forward, which sounds like it will be to get David Price and James Shields lined up to face the Red Sox during the June 14-16 series.

Also, they are working around the planned return of Jeff Niemann, who starts a rehab assignment on Friday at Class A Charlotte.

The Rays are only announcing their starters through the Seattle series, which now looks like this:
Thursday: Shields
Friday: Sonnanstine
Saturday: Hellickson
Sunday: Davis

David Price will pitch Monday in Anaheim, and Shields would seem likely to follow, but after that the Rays may get creative. At some point, they will have to decide between Sonnanstine and Alex Cobb, who was just recalled and starts tonight.




[Last modified: Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:15am]


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