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Jeff Niemann | Relief Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (35) / 2/28/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'9" / 260
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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In speaking with Bill Chastain of, free agent hurler Jeff Niemann indicated that he'd definitely be interested in returning to the Rays.
Niemann elected free agency earlier in the week after he was outrighted off the Rays 40-man roster. He missed the entire 2013 season following major surgery, an injury that he's still recovering from. He's unlikely to make a major impact until the second half of the 2014 season. Sat, Nov 23, 2013 08:51:00 AM

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Jeff Niemann has elected to become a free agent.

Niemann was outrighted off the Rays' 40-man roster earlier this month after missing the entire 2013 season following major shoulder surgery. He's had some past success and should draw interest on the open market from teams looking for low-cost rotation options.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 02:52:00 PM

Rays activated RHP Jeff Niemann from the 60-day disabled list.

He's now back on the 40-man roster heading into the offseason, though there's a good chance the Rays wind up non-tendering him. Niemann missed all of the 2013 season following surgery to repair the labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He's supposedly ahead of schedule but is still a question mark to be ready by Opening Day.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 06:32:00 PM

Jeff Niemann (shoulder) hopes to be ready for spring training.

Niemann underwent surgery in early April to repair the labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He was given a 9-12 month timetable but says he's "ahead of schedule," having already started playing catch from 90 feet. Niemann said that throwing off a mound is still "too far down the road," but he's hoping to be in someone's Opening Day rotation next year. "The way things are going," he said, "the timeline really looks well for next year."
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 08:35:00 PM

Rays transferred RHP Jeff Niemann from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly-acquired Jeff Beliveau. Niemann underwent shoulder surgery last week and is unlikely to return this season.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 02:24:00 PM

Jeff Niemann underwent shoulder surgery on Wednesday.

The procedure was deemed a success, but Niemann is unlikely to pitch this season. He will be arbitration-eligible in the winter and is a non-tender candidate.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 04:40:00 PM

Jeff Niemann will undergo surgery on his right shoulder.

It's not clear yet what specific procedure he needs, but it "most likely" will be season-ending. Niemann's velocity has been down since the beginning of spring training, so the fact that he's been physically compromised isn't surprising. The big right-hander is slated for arbitration eligibility one final time this winter, but he might be a non-tender candidate.
Tue, Apr 9, 2013 12:01:00 AM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes that right shoulder surgery for Jeff Niemann "remains likely."

Niemann is being re-evaluated Monday evening, and an announcement might not come until Tuesday. However, it's looking like surgery -- likely of the season-ending variety -- is probable. It's a blow to the depth of the Rays' rotation, but they have Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi at Triple-A if Roberto Hernandez falters.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 08:24:00 PM

Jeff Niemann will have his right shoulder re-evaluated on Monday.

The Rays will decide what next to do with the right-hander following Monday's exam. At this point, Niemann has been diagnosed only with right shoulder soreness.
Sun, Apr 7, 2013 09:43:00 AM

Rays placed RHP Jeff Niemann on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder soreness.

And now we know why Niemann's velocity was down during spring training. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. Brandon Gomes has replaced him on the roster.
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 03:39:00 PM

Jeff Niemann blanked the Blue Jays for six innings Wednesday, allowing just two hits.

Niemann's velocity was better today, which is something the Rays definitely wanted to see. The strong outing on the heels of Roberto Hernandez's poor one has definitely added some intrigue to the Rays' rotation competition. Of course, the guy we think is the best option, Chris Archer, is being stashed in Triple-A.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 04:37:00 PM

Jeff Niemann surrendered five runs and 10 hits in six innings Friday in a loss to the Orioles.

Niemann likely dropped behind Roberto Hernandez in the rotation competition with the poor outing today. His velocity has been disappointing anyway, so maybe he'd be of more use in short stints out of the bullpen. A trade remains a possibility, too.
Fri, Mar 22, 2013 04:33:00 PM

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Jeff Niemann is not injured and he's not concerned about right hander's lack of velocity this spring.

Niemann's numbers -- 2.13 ERA, 9/3 K/BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings -- have been good, but his velocity has sat in the mid- to high-80s rather than the low-90s where it normally does. Maddon is convinced the pep on the big righty's fastball will pick up, but if it doesn't, it will certainly hurt his chances at beating out Roberto Hernandez for the fifth starter job.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 10:09:00 AM

Jeff Niemann allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings Thursday in the Rays' 4-3 victory over the Orioles.

Niemann has a 2.13 ERA and a 9/3 K/BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings this spring. With Roberto Hernandez also pitching well and Chris Archer ready if needed, the Rays can and very possibly will move Niemann prior to Opening Day. Still, if they don't get an offer they like, they could keep Niemann as their fifth starter and stick Hernandez in the pen initially.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 05:04:00 PM

Jeff Niemann limited the Phillies to one run in 3 2/3 innings in the Rays' 15-7 victory Saturday.

Ryan Howard's solo homer was the only damage. Niemann will almost surely be a part of some team's rotation next month, though he's expendable in St. Pete with Roberto Hernandez and Chris Archer around. He should have a little fantasy value in AL-only leagues.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 05:04:00 PM

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