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Prospect Jake Odorizzi to get start Monday for Rays

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Jake Odorizzi will make his Rays debut Monday.
Jake Odorizzi will make his Rays debut Monday. (USATSI)

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When Rays ace David Price left his start Wednesday with a triceps injury, I noted that prospect Jake Odorizzi was lined up in the same rotation turn, as he was pitching Wednesday for Triple-A Durham. Sure enough, Odorizzi has been tabbed by the Rays to take Price's spot in the rotation Monday at Toronto, as Price is now on the disabled list.

Odorizzi, a 23-year-old right-hander, is 4-0 with a 3.83 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings this season in Triple-A. He entered the season as the 92nd-ranked prospect in baseball by Baseball America, though MLB.com listed him at No. 45.

Odorizzi came to the Tampa Bay system by way of the trade that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals.

Expect Odorizzi's stint in the Rays rotation to be temporary, as he'll likely be shipped back to Triple-A once Price is ready to return, barring injury to a different starter, of course.

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