Rays to activate RHP Niemann to face Toronto

The Tampa Bay Rays plan to activate right-hander Jeff Niemann

off the 60-day disabled list to start against the Toronto Blue Jays

on Saturday.

Niemann hasn’t pitched since May 14 when he left a start at

Toronto with a fractured right leg after being struck by Adam

Lind’s line drive. Niemann was 2-3 with a 3.88 ERA in seven starts

before the injury.

The Rays will call up four players from Triple-A Durham when

rosters expand Saturday. Joining the team will be infielder Reid

Brignac, catcher Chris Gimenez, left-hander Cesar Ramos and

outfielder Rich Thompson.

The Rays also recalled infielder Sean Rodriguez and placed him

on the 15-day DL. Rodriguez broke his right hand while punching a

locker at Triple-A Durham.