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Jake Odorizzi Set to Start on Monday for Rays

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Apr 15, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi delivers a pitch against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi delivers a pitch against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jake Odorizzi is set to come off of the disabled list soon, as he is slated to start on Monday for the Tampa Bay Rays.

When the Tampa Bay Rays placed Jake Odorizzi on the ten day disabled list with a strained hamstring, it was expected that he would return relatively soon. In fact, there were questions as to whether or not Odorizzi would need a rehab assignment, given that he would be able to keep his arm in shape during the layoff.

As it turns out, those expectations were accurate. After throwing 65 pitches in a simulated game yesterday, Odorizzi has declared himself ready to return to the mound. The Rays have agreed with that assessment, as he is set to come off the disabled list on Monday and take his turn against the Miami Marlins.

Chances are, Odorizzi’s return will lead to Erasmo Ramirez heading back to the bullpen. He already had his start skipped on Tuesday, which would have been Odorizzi’s normal turn in the rotation. As he is available in long relief if needed, chances are his time as a starter is over, baring another injury.

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This time frame also removes the possibility of Odorizzi having to make a rehab start or two. Manager Kevin Cash stated that Odorizzi may throw a bullpen session, but that is not definite. What is important is that he did not feel any problems with the hamstring after his simulated game.

With the Rays solid start to the season, they are getting Odorizzi back at a good time. Although they are a game under .500 right now, they are through their most difficult month on the schedule. Getting the rotation healthy again could lead to a nice jump up the standings in the next few weeks.

Of course, that depends on Odorizzi’s health. He may have felt fine after his outing, but it will be important to see how he responds today. If his hamstring still feels good, then his return on Monday seems all but inevitable.

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The Tampa Bay Rays are set to get a key part of their rotation back in Jake Odorizzi. Right now, he is set to return on Monday, as the Rays will face their fellow Floridians.

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