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UPDATE: Niemann's issue is in shoulder, will see Dr. Eaton Monday



UPDATE, 4:59: Niemann is trying to remain optimistic, but admitted after today's game that the shoulder is more sore than normal for the day after he pitches, which he said was "a little weird.'' He will see Dr. Koco Eaton, the team orthopedist, on Monday in St. Pete.

BREAKING: Rays manager Joe Maddon said there was nothing new yet to report on RHP Jeff Niemann, who left Saturday's game in the fourth inning, though Maddon did shed some light on what was being portrayed as a secret Saturday, that the issue was in Niemann's "upper arm/shoulder" area.

On Saturday, team officials and Niemann would say only that it was "arm tightness.'' Maddon on Sunday said it was "like a stiffness or a tightness in that general capsule area.''

Maddon downplayed the seriousness, saying he assumed Niemann was still of day-to-day status and  "it was just a general shoulder malaise, it's nothing awful.''

But, he acknowledged, the Rays won't know much more until they get home and Niemann undergoes further testing and an exam.

Niemann was not available to the media before Sunday's game as he was in the trainers' room getting treatment.

Saturday was his first appearance on the mound since May 14, when he was hit by a line drive - here in Toronto - and fractured his right leg.


[Last modified: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 12:40am]


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