Rays send RHPs Davis, Niemann for shoulder tests

TORONTO (AP) Tampa
Bay right-handers Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis left the team Sunday and
returned to Florida to have their sore shoulders examined by Rays team
doctors.

On Saturday, the Rays scratched
Niemann from Sunday’s start against Toronto and replaced him with
righty Andy Sonnanstine. Niemann could return to the rotation next
Saturday against Baltimore.

Davis has not
been scratched from his next scheduled start, Tuesday at Detroit, but
the Rays held right-hander Jeremy Hellickson out of Sunday’s game at
Triple-A Durham in case Davis can’t go against the Tigers. Hellickson
has made one start for the Rays this season, beating the Twins last
Monday.

Niemann, 10-3 with a 3.12 ERA in 22
starts, felt pain after beating Minnesota on Tuesday, and was still
sore after playing catch Saturday.

Davis, 9-9 with a 4.45 ERA in 21 starts, felt sore two days after his last outing, an Aug. 5 loss to Minnesota.


The Rays used just five starting pitchers in their first 104 games, but
Sonnanstine is the seventh pitcher to start for Tampa Bay in seven
games since.

Received 08/08/10 12:49 pm ET