Jeff Niemann SP TB Dec 23 '78

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.

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