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