5 years ago

Jeff Niemann (shoulder) said he's "feeling great" and fully expects to be ready for the start of spring training.

Niemann missed most of 2012 with a broken fibula and had to be shut down in September with a shoulder issue that cropped up in his first start back from the DL. It appears that the shoulder is now back to 100 percent, though. Niemann is currently likely on the outside looking in for a rotation spot in 2013, but that could change if the Rays deal a pitcher for offensive help.