Jason Hammel Makes Strong Push For Final Rotation Spot


Going into yesterdays game vs the Reds, Jason Hammel and Jeff Niemann seemed to still be battling for the 5th and final starting spot that will eventually be manned by David Price anyway.  Niemann got shelled in his last outing, and Hammel himself has had some ho-hum games his last few starts.  Yesterday though, Hammel pitched a real nice game in his last start of the spring. 

5.0 IP, 2 H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 4K 

I still personally feel that Niemann’s updside is worth giving him the 5th spot in the rotation and would wind up putting Hammel in the long relief/spot start role that I believe fits him the best.  The Rays have not gave one little hint so far though as to what their plans are with these two guys.  

On the hitting front, Dioner Navarro upped his spring average to .381 with a 2 for 3 day at the plate.

Tags: David Price Dioner Navarro Jason Hammel Jeff Niemann

  • jagerbombers

    So who starts in RF? And what is the Bullpen looking like?

  • pewterplank

    I would guess that once BJ is back that Joyce is going to end up in the RF spot. We have plenty of choices though with Gross and Kapler there as well.

    The bullpen will look very similar to last year I think, with Nelson a definite in, and maybe Shouse making the team. Not sure about Izzy.