Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann will
undergo shoulder surgery on Wednesday that will likely sideline him for the
entire 2013 season.
Niemann had been experiencing shoulder soreness all throughout spring
training, and a recent examination revealed abnormalties in his labrum and
rotator cuff, according to MLB.com.
The 6-foot-9 righty had been slated to work as a long reliever this season
after losing a battle with offseason pickup Roberto Hernandez for the Rays'
final rotation spot in the spring. He was placed on the disabled list on
Niemann posted a 36-21 record from 2009-11, his first three full major league
seasons, but made just eight starts last year due to a fractured right fibula
and shoulder issues. He went 2-3 with a 3.08 earned run average.
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