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Tampa Bay Rays call up Josh Lueke, place Jeff Niemann on 15-day disabled list

The Tampa Bay Rays have called up pitcher Josh Lueke from Triple-A Durham to join the bullpen for tonight's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jeff Niemann, who suffered a fracture on his right leg Monday, was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Lueke started the season with the Rays and struggled. He hasn't done much better since at Durham: 0-2, 8.10 in 11 games, allowing 19 hits and seven walks in 13 1/3 innings, with hitters averaging .339.

Brandon Gomes was another option, but the Rays apparently chose Lueke, who last pitched Saturday.

Tampa Bay Rays call up Josh Lueke, place Jeff Niemann on 15-day disabled list 05/15/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 4:50pm]
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