Niemann was checked out after Lind's grounder hit him, but stayed in the game. He got another hitter for the final out of the inning. The right-hander came out for the second inning, but manager Joe Maddon came out during his warmup pitches to take him out of the game. He allowed a hit and a walk in the scoreless inning before lefty Cesar Ramos took over.
Niemann, 29, is 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA. Last Wednesday he held the Yankees to just one run in seven innings in a no-decision at Yankee Stadium.
The Rays could move Wade Davis back from the bullpen to the rotation or call up either Alex Cobb or Chris Archer from Triple-A Durham.
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