For at least ten days, the Tampa Bay Rays will be without the services of Jake Odorizzi, who was placed on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.
Over the past three years, Jake Odorizzi has been one of the more consistent starters for the Tampa Bay Rays. While he may not be a staff ace, he has established himself as a solid pitcher, slotting into the middle of the rotation and providing generally worry free innings.
Now, the Rays will be without his services for at least ten days. Odorizzi has been placed on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, suffered in the first inning of the Rays game against the Red Sox. Chase Whitley has been recalled from Durham to take his place on the roster.
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Right now, it is not expected that Odorizzi will miss much time, likely requiring the minimum stay on the DL. However, this will result in his missing at least one turn int he rotation, with his replacement is in question. There are a few options in AAA to take his spot, and Erasmo Ramirez did throw four innings in relief of Odorizzi. He may be able to make a spot start in a bullpen game, with Whitley following up.
Whitley had filled a role similar to Ramirez thus far in his Major League career. In his 33 appearance, he has made 17 starts, posting a 4.69 ERA and a 1.399 WHiP. In his 109 innings, Whitley has displayed excellent command, with 91 strikeouts and just 26 walks. Although he is not likely to be long for the Rays, Whitley could be a solid option temporarily.
Jake Odorizzi is heading to the disabled list, but his stay may not be long. The Tampa Bay Rays are certainly hoping that their starter is out for only that ten day timeframe.