Thursday, May 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays' Jeff Niemann to miss spring training start due to blister

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann will skip his scheduled start against the Boston 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 don't expect the blister — which is on his middle finger, to be an issue then.

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.

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