TORONTO, CANADA: Jeff Niemann #34 of the Tampa Bay Rays leaves the game at the start of the second inning after being hit with a ball during MLB game action the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)

Jeff Niemann Out With Fractured Fibula

Jeff Niemann was hit in the leg by a line-drive comebacker, and it left him with a fractured fibula. He's been placed on the 60-day disabled list.

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Alex Cobb Will Replace Jeff Niemann In Rays' Rotation

The Rays lost a key part of their starting rotation when Jeff Niemann went down with a fractured fibula, hit with a comebacker on Monday.

Fortunately for the Rays, they have quite a bit of pitching depth in their system. They’ve made their choice for Niemann’s replacement. Marc Topkin:

Look for RHP Alex Cobb on the mound for the Rays Saturday against the Braves.

Cobb is expected to be named today as the team’s choice to take injured RHP Jeff Niemann’s place in the rotation. RHP Chris Archer was also being considered. The team is planning to make an announcement today.

Cobb, 24, is the more logical choice. He has the experience of having gone 3-2, 3.42 in nine starts for the Rays last year before August season-ending surgery to remove a blood clot and part of a rib.

The team had also considered Chris Archer, who according to manager Joe Maddon has “a little bit more dynamic arm", but they apparently opted for Cobb because he has some MLB experience and Archer doesn’t. Nice to have those sorts of options as a major league manager.

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Jeff Niemann Transferred To 60-Day DL

Soon after Rays' right-hander Jeff Niemann left Monday's start against the Blue Jays with a leg injury, manager Joe Maddon said that Niemann would be out for "a couple months", but later reports said that he could be out as little as four to six weeks. It seemed like there was at least a small chance that a fast-healing Niemann could be back sooner than Maddon's original estimate.

On Wednesday, though, they eliminated that chance:

With Brandon Guyer going on the DL, and Rich Thompson coming from the Phillies in a trade, the Rays needed a roster spot. Putting Niemann on the 60-day DL frees up that roster spot.

Niemann's spot in the rotation will either be filled by Alex Cobb or Chris Archer, both right-handers pitching for the Durham Bulls.


The Rays' Rotation Decision And Technology

Who should take Jeff Niemann's place in the Rays' rotation? You'll excuse me if I admit that I have no idea.


Jeff Niemann Likely Missing 'A Few Months' With Leg Injury

Jeff Niemann will miss most of the 2012 season with a broken fibula.

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