Wade Davis Takes The 5th Spot

It was announced today that Wade Davis will fill the 5th spot in the rotation. With this decision, Andy Sonnanstine will fill in for JP Howell as a reliever. Maddon said,” the fifth-starter competition effectively ended last week, when lefty reliever JP Howell was shut down with weakness in his throwing shoulder.”

Although, I was pushing for Jeremy Hellickson to fill the reliever role, Sonnanstine is a proven pitcher who knows how to throw strikes and has been in this position before. He is also someone who can fill in as a starter in the case of a poor outing or an injury.  I agree with Maddon’s decision to put Wade Davis in the rotation and even with a shaky spring, he ended the regular season on a high note and is considered a favorite to win the AL Rookie of the Year Award.

The Rays rotation should look like this to start the season:

  1. James Shields
  2. Matt Garza
  3. David Price
  4. Jeff Neimann
  5. Wade Davis

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