CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports that starting pitcher Jeff Niemann filed for free agency Monday. The Rays outrighted Niemann off their 40-man roster following a season in which the 30-year-old did not pitch, as he was recovering from shoulder surgery.
The Tampa Bay Rays activated several players off the 60-day disabled list on Monday as they were placed on the 40-man roster in procedural moves. The Rays activated pitchers Jeff Niemann, who missed all of 2013 after shoulder surgery, Alex Colome, who had a strained elbow, and Juan Carlos Oviedo, who missed all of 2013 returning from Tommy John. The Rays also reinstated outfielder Brandon Guyer, who never played this season due to a broken finger.
Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann has been progressing steadily in his rehab from a shoulder injury, according to the Tampa Tribune. Niemann visited the club Monday, and was excited about what he's been able to accomplish thus far. Niemann has been increasing the distance on his throwing excercises, and is now able to throw from 90 feet. Niemann isn't expected to be ready until Spring Training, but said he was ahead of schedule in his rehab.
As the Rays took the field Monday to play in the wild-card-game deciding contest against the Rangers in Texas, injured pitcher Jeff Niemann (shoulder) met with the team, MLB.com reports. Niemann said he hopes to be ready for spring training. He underwent surgery in early April to repair the labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Niemann believes he's ahead of schedule in his recovery right now. Niemann said he hopes to be in someone's opening day rotation next season. "The way things are going," Niemann said, "the timetable really looks well for next year."
Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Niemann is not expected to return this season after having right shoulder surgery last week.